Area elementary and junior high school (K-6th grade) students are invited to a one-day cheer clinic Saturday, December 15 at Owens Community College. This event is sponsored by the Owens Express cheerleading and dance team.
The clinic begins at 9 a.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Owens Toledo-area Campus, Oregon Road. Each participant will be taught a cheer, chant and cheer dance by the Owens cheerleaders. The clinic participants then will perform their new cheers at halftime of the men's basketball game, beginning at either 1 or 3 p.m. They will be dismissed after the halftime performance.
The clinic is being held in conjunction with the men's basketball Express Holiday Tournament, December 14 & 15 at Owens Community College.
The cost of the clinic is just $10 per student. Concessions will be available at the clinic. Lunch will be provided for participants at an additional cost of $1.50.
Led by first year head coach, Tracy Lynne Reitz of Toledo, the Owens Express cheerleaders and dance team is a cheer/dance mounting squad, which performs halftime routines and sideline chants and cheers during the men's basketball games.
"This is the first year Owens has had a mounting cheerleading squad," Reitz said. "I am very proud of the success our cheerleading and dance team is having."
Reitz has served as a cheerleading coach for the past five years at Lake Junior, Bowling Green and Eastwood high schools. She also is the owner of the all-star squad Great Lakes Cheer Academy. Her squads capture a lot of excitement and have won various awards in all competitions. Coach Reitz has worked with the National Cheerleading Association organizing cheer clinics in Northwest Ohio and is a former high school cheerleader.
Owens cheerleading and dance team members include:
Kristi Beach of Millbury (Lake High School graduate)
For additional information about the cheer clinic or to register, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7935 or (567) 661-7935.
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