Harcum Students Bring New Cheerleading Program to Life
MAWR (November 11, 2009) During the summer of 2009, current first-year
student and Human Services major Latasha Oliver brainstormed ideas for
the first ever Harcum Bears Cheerleading Program. Advisor Janelle
Williams, Admissions Counselor, was recruited to assist and guide a
group of students anxious to get the program off the ground. Prior to
the Fall semester, Williams helped the students secure funding for
uniforms, recruit two coaches, and begin the process of making
cheerleading a sustainable program for the future at Harcum.
Chaka Moore’s primary role is to teach dance, as she holds over 20
years of professional dance experience, and Coach Erneisha Moore will
lead in cheer. Erneisha has over 17 years of cheerleading & coaching
experience, and serves as the current competition coach for the Mt.
Airy Bantams cheerleading program.
The Harcum Bears Cheerleading
squad, which includes students Jasmine Bailey, Melissa Donahue, Gysel
Graham, Khaleea Greer, Elizabeth Gooch, Na’Shay Harris, LaTasha Oliver,
and Jessica Sofronski, as well as co-captains Raina Lassiter and
Elizabeth Roan, will not only raise morale during athletic events,
they’ll engage in spirit-based initiatives on campus, like “Spirit
Mondays” and “Professional Wednesdays.” On Mondays, the squad will dress
in their cheerleading uniforms to promote Harcum Athletics, and as the
squad prepares for the working world, they will dress business casual on
Wednesdays. The squad will also be required to perform 30 hours of
community service each semester.
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