The Family YMCA at Tarrytown, under the direction of Cindy Guzman, started its YMCA Elite All-Stars Cheer program a few months before the pandemic. Now, for the second year in a row, our team won a spot in the most prestigious invitational in the sport of Cheer: an opportunity to compete at the Nationals which will be held May 2-5, 2024 at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Disney, in Orlando, FL. Participation at Nationals -- called the Summit for All-Star Cheer Programs -- is by invitation only, and it is a testament to how hard our YMCA athletes and their coach have worked.
This competition is a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these girls, aged 8 to 16. They will compete against the best squads in the country. They will have the opportunity to make lasting connections with girls from across the country and be exposed to college scouts and potential scholarships. But the high cost of participation in this competition could cause our Cheer squad to miss those opportunities. 80% of the Cheer squad families are eligible for financial assistance and will be challenged to cover the total travel and lodging expenses needed to make this incredible opportunity a reality for their young athletes.
While our team, staff and families did everything possible to raise funds last year to send the team to the competition, we fell short of our goal and our team was not able to compete at the Nationals in 2023. We want to create a different outcome for our young athletes in 2024!
That is why we are asking YOU -- our friends, colleagues and supporters of the Y -- to consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Tarrytown YMCA Elite All-Stars Cheer squad! Your contribution could make all the difference for these girls and their families.
THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF OUR Y FAMILY!
PLEASE HELP US SEND Y CHEER TO NATIONALS!
Every dollar makes a difference! We raised over $6,000 last year to send the team to nationals but we need your help to make it the rest of the way to get to our goal of $30,000!