Amity Pee Wee Pop Warner Cheerleaders took home the first place trophy at the national cheer competition at Disney World December 8. Its sister team (the Junior Midgets) also competed, marking the first time Amity sent two teams to the national competition.
Cheer Coordinator Alicia Soderquist said, “I’m so proud of everything these girls have accomplished in such a short season. The road to Disney hasn’t been easy, but their hard work and dedication made it worthwhile. Amity Pop Warner could not ask for a better group to represent us at Nationals.”
Soderquiest, coach for Amity Pop Warner for seven years, began choreographing the teams’ routines weeks before practices began. She was recognized at the national competition with the highest choreography score award. The girls begin practicing on August 1 for two hours a day, five days a week until school began, when they met to practice three days a week, and cheered at Pop Warner football games each Sunday throughout the season. This is the third time her team has made it to the national competition.
The Junior Midget team took first place in the New England Regional Competition in Springfield, Massachusetts, on November 7, where they competed against 10 teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. The following week, the Pee Wee team also took first place in regionals, earning them a spot in the national competition in Orlando.
Southern CT Pop Warner includes teams from 18 towns and cities in New Haven, Fairfield and Hartford Counties. The league sent 13 cheer teams to Nationals and seven came home with national titles.