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January 28, 2014

Cowboys cheerleaders visit GHS for youth camp

Gainesville — For 125 of the area’s youngest cheerleading enthusiasts, it was a dream come true, a chance to meet their idols and an opportunity to learn about the sport  all wrapped into one day.

Girls aged 4-14 cheered, clapped and stepped alongside the best in the business Saturday, as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders came to town for the DCC cheerleading camp at the GHS Gymnasium.

For Cowboys cheerleader Kelsey Lauren, visiting Gainesville to teach at the camp rivaled the excitement of cheering for the team from the sideline on Sundays.

“Camp DCC is one of my favorite things that we get to do,” Lauren said. “Being able to interact with our young fans and have them see us perform in our uniforms if they've never been to a game, it's really special for them and for us.”

The camp kicked off with the Dallas cheerleaders getting to know the campers and teaching the same warm up exercises they use before cheering inside AT&T Stadium for a Cowboys game.

Campers were then broken up into age groups, where they were taught a dance and a cheer by different members of the DCC.

“We appreciate being able to pass along the enthusiasm of what we do, but we also enjoy being able to pass along the excitement about the team we cheer for,” Shelly Roper-McCaslin, lead recruiter for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, said. “We have a lot of fans out here, and that’s something we always look forward to.”

Next, the campers spent time picking the cheerleaders brains, asking about topics ranging from their uniforms to what it’s like to cheer professionally. They then got to showcase the skills they gained earlier in the day by giving a performance led by the Cowboys cheerleaders. Finally, the DCC took the floor with a performance of its own for camp members and their families.

The DCC ended the day by meeting Gainesville residents during an autograph signing period.

Teaching at the camps offers a unique opportunity for the cheerleaders, who mainly lead camps in Arlington, Dallas and Irving, Lauren said.

“ The camps are a completely different experience than a game day because it's so up close and personal. It's in their home town, their high school gym,” Lauren said. “ It's a chance to give back to the community and have a blast while we're doing it.”


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