All dressed in pink and gray, almost 200 cheerleaders, ranging in age from 4-14, gathered together at the Triangle Football and Lacrosse Complex, carefully listening for their instructions. Difficulties with the sound system made it hard to hear at times, but dozens of volunteer coaches and junior coaches showed the girls exactly what they needed to do.
Monday, August 20, 2012, was the Hillsborough Jr. Raider Cheerleading program's second annual Spirit Night. The Jr. Raider cheerleaders proved that they were ready to start the football season and cheer their teams to victory. The girls gathered with their coaches and squad dancing, stunting, and encouraging each other to work together as a team. The result - one large squad moving in unison to the song "We Are Family".
Coach Christy Kanaby, a Jr. Raider non-parent volunteer, choreographed the routine and projected it to the girls from the stands, without the aid of a microphone. She observed that, "the song choice epitomizes the Jr. Raider goal. We are family, regardless of age, grade level, or skill set. It is a pleasure watching this family come together for the 2012 season."
The night was about a show of unity across the organization. This unity embodies what the program teaches its cheerleaders. The girls, coaches, and all the volunteers who made the night (and season) happen are one big cheer family.