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Catamount Cheerleading Spreads 'Holiday Spirit'

WCU Cheer juniors Kourtney Kirby and Sydney Cahill, along with alum, Katie Stout, during the squad's wrapping party at O'Malley's of Sylva.

Dec. 11, 2013

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina's cheerleading squad continued its annual tradition of giving this holiday season with a pair of service projects. The Catamount cheerleaders again participated in the Mountain Projects' initiative of providing holiday gift boxes for local senior citizens. WCU's cheerleaders filled and wrapped 15 boxes full of non-perishable items for the elderly which were delivered to Mountain Projects to be delivered locally.

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The cheerleading squad also adopted 26 area children as a part of the Salvation Army's "Angel Tree" project. They purchased much needed items such as clothes and shoes, as well as a few toys for each child for this holiday season. The group gathered at O'Malley's of Sylva for the annual "gift wrapping party" before sending the wrapped gifts to their representative.

"Community service is very important to our WCU Cheer family," said Catamount Cheerleading alum and head coach, Kim Cherry-Beck. "This holiday season, in addition to our current team, several of our alums came back to be part of this special tradition we enjoy. I am so proud of our program for continuing to give each year."

Cherry-Beck added, "Very special thanks to Lynn Stanberry and the O'Malley's of Sylva staff who supported our efforts by providing space for us to wrap our gifts, as well as lunch. On behalf of WCU Cheer, Merry Christmas, Catamount Nation!"