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December 6, 2010

Squad’s fundraiser board game is passing Go

The Muskogee High School cheerleading squad has a big goal to reach — cheer at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio next winter.

“We were going to go this year but just didn’t have the funds,” said cheerleader Hollie Moore, 15. “We really, really want to go next year.”

The Alamo Bowl features a parade of cheerleaders from across the country during halftime.

There’s many fun activities for the weekend for visiting cheerleaders to enjoy too, Moore said.

“There’s so much we want to be able to do,” said assistant Cheer Coach Leslie McKinney. “We need to buy some new mats. We plan to go to competitions, and we put our girls in tumbling classes. The booster club also provides meals for us frequently when we go on road games.

“But someday, we want to be in a bowl game. That’s our big, big goal.”

Anyone that wants to help the cheerleaders reach their goals can purchase a “Muskogee-opoly” game through Christmas.

The games are $20 each and feature local businesses instead of typical Monopoly properties — and they’re selling fast.

“It’s just been crazy,” said Booster Club President Brandy Howard. “People have been wanting them so much we have probably sold over half of them already.”

Howard has had calls from Tahlequah, Webbers Falls, even Houston, she said. One family who’s from Muskogee but lives in Hawaii ordered a game, too.

Howard ordered 500 games, but once they’re gone she can order another 500.

Since the cost of producing the games was covered by sponsors that bought “Monopoly properties,” the cheerleaders get 100 percent profit from each sale.

“That’s $10,000 if we sell all 500,” Howard said. “I still just can’t believe it.”

The cheerleaders need help with more than reaching a bowl game.

“We need more practice mats,” said Heather Jackson, 17. “Ours are old, smell bad and don’t have much cushion left.”

Additionally, the students would like to get better air conditioning in their practice room someday, she said.

Another expense the cheerleaders need help with are the tumbling classes.

Extreme Cheer Co. of Tahlequah comes in once a week to take the squad through the ins and outs of tumbling and safety.

Sometimes the booster club helps pay the fees for individual students.

“The tumbling even helps the seniors,” Jackson said. “If they want to try out for a college team, the tumbling really helps.”

Information: Brandy Howard, 351-8929.

Reach Wendy Burton at 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.

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