Competitive Cheer Pauses Season to Honor Fallen Soldiers
(West Palm Beach, FL) – The defending state champions of Lions Competition Cheerleading are in the midst of a very busy time. Not only is it the hectic Christmas season and the close of the semester, but it’s their final push to prepare for FCC National Championships and FHSAA Post-Season competitions. However, Coach Jenn Allen and her staff, pause the season one Saturday every December to join in the national Wreaths Across America initiative. The Wreaths Across America objective is to remember, honor, and teach current generations about the sacrifice made by veterans of the U.S. Military. Nationwide, groups and organizations decorate the tombstones of veterans with beautiful Christmas wreaths while taking part in parades and other activities to honor their service. Lions’ cheerleading marched in a local parade, laid wreaths in the South Florida National Cemetery, and finished the day wrapping gifts for children of falling soldiers.
‘I think it’s so important to slow down during the Christmas season and focus on what is really important. Through the Wreaths Across America event we get to do that while also taking the memory of a lost loved one and turning it into a moment of celebration and honor for a lot families. The event helps our girls to pay respect to the things that make America great and pass along love to a lot of families.’ – Jenn Allen, Competition Cheerleading Head Coach
‘The athletic experience can be a platform for so much more than just practicing and winning. Our competition cheerleading team’s involvement in Wreaths Across America is a great example of that. Their commitment as cheerleaders provides a platform to honor our veterans during the Christmas season. I couldn’t be prouder of their involvement in this initiative.’ – Dr. Chris Hobbs, Director of Athletics
The squad returns to practices throughout the holidays and their competition schedule heats up with appearances at FCC Nationals in Orlando, Jan 3-4.
The King’s Academy Athletic Department mission to provide its student-athletes an excellent athletic experience with eternal impact. A member of the Florida High School Athletic Association, the ‘Lions’ have claimed 124 district titles, 42 regional titles, and 40 individual and team state championships. Student-athletes at The King’s Academy have gone on to successful collegiate athletic careers at some of the most accomplished universities in the country as well as professional athletic careers in baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and volleyball. The campus features facilities that would rival many small colleges; these facilities include the Loveland Athletic Center, Kahlert Stadium, the TKA Track & Field Stadium, and the Full-Page Aquatics Center. For more information about The King’s Academy Athletic Department, visit www.tkalions.net or follow on social media, @TKALions