EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- With homecoming just days away, the modified and junior varsity cheerleaders have practiced all week for their football game debut.
"We have been practicing every day for at least two hours a day," said Coach Laura Russo. "All of the girls are excited about cheering at the game."
Russo said that for the first time, the 16 member junior varsity team and the 22 member modified team will join the varsity cheerleaders on the field for the first half of the homecoming game, where the Eastchester Eagles will take on the Nyack Indians.
All of the cheerleaders have been working together on a special performance for half-time
"The girls have been working on their dance moves and stunts," Russo said. "Precise timing is critical in ensuring success and protecting against injuries."
While the junior varsity and modified cheerleaders will be on the field for the first half of the game and the half-time show, they will leave the field for the second half.
"Only the varsity cheerleaders will cheer for the second half," said Russo. "It is an honor that is reserved only for the varsity squad."
Russo said that the competition season for cheerleaders begins in November and extends through January. The squads travel to different meets every weekend with the goals of making it to state and then out of state competitions.
"Our cheerleaders make it to the out of state competitions, held in Florida, for many years," Russo said. "The girls work hard and they deserve it."
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