Approximately 50 cheerleading squads from local schools, as well as various elite teams ranging in age from PeeWee to college are expected to compete in the Seventh Annual Cheer For A Cure Championship set for Feb. 19 at Genoa High School.
The competition is held each year in February to memorialize the late Stella Bertz, widely known in the community as an enthusiastic Genoa Comet supporter and district cheerleading coach. She succumbed to cancer in February 2003.
Since its inception in 2005, the Cheer For A Cure has grown into a national, community-based organization comprised of a grassroots network of cheerleaders, coaches, and supporting fans.
Funds raised benefit Genoa students – a cause close to Stella’s heart, and support the American Cancer Society’s mission to prevent cancer, save lives and increase quality of life through funding research, education, advocacy, and service.
In the past six years, the Stella Bertz Memorial Cheerleading Association has been able to donate more than $58,000 to the ACS.
Doors will open at 7 a.m. for this year’s competition. The day’s events will also include 50/50 cash drawings, sales of cheer apparel, and a variety of concessions.
To make a contribution, obtain more information or to enter a team, call Maria Maluchnik at 419-855-2282 or visit www.CheerForACure.org.
The Stella Bertz Cheer For A Cure Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and all sponsorships, donations, and gifts are tax deductible.