NKU Cheer and Dance Squads Host Fundraiser for Disneyworld Trip


Kody Kahle

NKU Dance competed in NKU’s Cheer and Dance Showcase to fundraise for their trip to nationals competition. NKU competed on Jan. 12, 2015 in Regents Hall on NKU Campus in their Cheer and Dance Showcase.

Cheers and applause filled the gym in Regent’s Hall on Monday night. Crowds of people sat in the stands with the occasional spectator jumping to their feet.

Cheer and dance teams from several different middle schools and grade schools attended the fundraiser for the Northern Kentucky University’s own cheer and dance teams. Along with the middle and high school students, Morehead State University and Northern Kentucky University also performed.

The University of Kentucky was unable to attend due to being sick with the flu.

The fundraiser was for the NKU teams to go to Disneyworld in order to compete in the national competition.

“A college student this early in the year can’t afford… meals in Disney,” Cheerleading Head Coach, Shayla Myles-Aaron said.   

The money from this fundraiser and other fundraisers helps the team’s living expenses while at Disneyworld for the competition.

This particular fundraiser began about three or four years ago, according to Myles-Aaron.

“We knew if we did it, it’d be really big,” Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions Brittany Booth said.

Booth used to work at Morehead State University and saw that they hosted this kind of fundraiser. College level teams tend to help each other out because the competitions are so few, according to Myles-Aaron.

“It’s like a cheerleading law,” Myles-Aaron said. “We do our best to support each other.”

Team Captain senior, Diamond Bell said that the event helps the teams get rid of some of the “jitters” for competitions.

“I keep it together for the team,” Bell said.

Not only does the fundraiser benefit the college teams, it also benefits the middle and high school students.

“It’s always good to see what they can do,” Booth said when talking about the younger students watching the college teams.

Myles-Aaron noted that it was also about networking for the younger students so they could see what colleges they could attend.

The event raised over $4000, according to Booth.