KPAL cheerleaders get psyched about camp

Nearly 60 cheerleaders and coaches attended yesterday’s annual Kaua‘i Police Activities League cheerleading camp at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middles School.

The camp started early in the morning with the Kaua‘i High School cheerleaders teaching the girls proper stretching and warm-up techniques.

“It’s good to see the girls come out,” said first-year cheer coach Michelle Anderson whose daughter attended the camp. “These high school cheerleaders are their role models and for them to come out and help these girls, it’s sets a good example for them.”

Kaua‘i’s cheerleaders also taught the girls basic jumps and cheers.

“It was good. The girls did really well considering the time constraint,” Anderson said.

The camp started at 8 a.m. with the high school cheerleaders and lasted till 12 p.m. Then the Excel! Dance Studio took over to teach the girls dance routines.

“I think (the dance portion is) good,” Anderson said. “It gives them something to see, something else they can participate in.”

KPAL conducts free cheerleading workshops every year before the flag football and cheerleading season starts. This year, KPAL only conducted this one.

“The girls have a lot of fun at these,” said Mark Ozaki, the officer in charge of all KPAL programs. “We have a lot new coaches this time, so if they don’t know anything about coaching, they can use what they learned here at the camp.”

KPAL videotapes the camps and makes DVDs for the coaches for their review.

There are more than 100 girls signed up for this season, which starts next week.

The schedule for the flag football games will be released at a later date.

• Lanaly Cabalo, sports editor, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or lcabalo@kauaipubco.com.

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