Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:01
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The Lamar University Spirit Team will host its eighth-annual “Showdown! Pom and Dance Clinic,” Feb. 2 in McDonald Gym.
The Lamar University Spirit Team will host its eighth-annual “Showdown! Pom and Dance Clinic,” Feb. 2 in McDonald Gym. Registration is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. for kindergartners through fourth grade, and at 10 a.m. for fifth through eighth grade.
“This is more than just a fundraiser,” head coach Brixey Blankenship-Cozard said. “We started this clinic as a way to allow the children in the community a chance to participate in Cardinal Spirit.”
The Spirit Team will divide participants into two age categories for separate clinics. The clinic for children in kindergarten through fourth grade will last from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.. The fifth- through eighth-grade clinic will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last until noon.
Participants will perform during the men’s basketball game that evening.
“The kids learn two dances and chants to perform on the court at the game,” Blankenship-Cozard said. “The hour and a half of instruction gives us enough time to make it perfect. They learn, and have a lot of fun doing it.”
The cost of participation is $35, which can be paid by cash, check or money order to the Lamar University Spirit Team. A parent or legal guardian must accompany the participant.
“Last year we raised a little over $2,000, which we were happy with,” Blankenship-Cozard said. “This is our eighth time, and it’s been so successful that we definitely plan to continue.”
The Cardinals play the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at 6 p.m. in the Montagne Center. “Showdown!” participants will be admitted free of charge if they wear their clinic T-shirts. Parents may purchase game tickets by calling the Montagne Center at 880-1715.
Following the game, participants may take photos with members of the LU Spirit Team and the Cardinal mascot Big Red.
“We usually have somewhere around 50 to 60 kids show up, and we’re hoping for the same turnout this year,” Blankenship-Cozard said. “We have a few kids who come back every year.”
For more information about the clinic or the LU Spirit Team, email email@example.com.