WE’RE GOING TO DISNEY! — Members of the Northern Community Mitey Mites Pop Warner cheerleading team were invited to attend the Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance competition at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resorts in Florida this December. (Photo submitted)

Mitey Mites to compete in Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance event

Published Oct 8, 2017 at 9:00am

HOLLAND PATENT — The Northern Community Pop Warner cheerleading squad gets an opportunity of a lifetime to hang out with Mickey Mouse in December, but is asking the community to help them raise money to fund the upcoming trip.

Nine members of the Level 2 Mitey Mites team will compete in the Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance competition at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resorts in Florida from Dec. 1 through Dec. 9.

The team was invited to compete because they pre-qualified due to their high volume of tumblers. Prior to this, Mitey Mites didn’t go anything higher than exhibition, according to nine-year head coach Kim Slattery.

Slattery noted that three girls were almost do round-off back handsprings and she told the girls that if they could get it, they could maybe go Level 2.

Brook Swalgin taught herself how to do the round-off back handspring and now there are seven girls on the team of 11 that can do the round-off back handspring and front handspring.

“I’m very proud of the girls for stepping up to the level that we’re at,” said Slattery.

“I think some of them are still in total disbelief,” said Slattery, admitting that she and the girls would joke about going to Disney someday. Now with it coming to fruition, it’s even more of a shock.

The program has several fundraising events planned to help bill the cost of expenses. The team has already raised about a quarter of the $20,000 goal but urges the community to come support the girls.

“We’re just trying to raise as much as we can so parents don’t have to pay out of pocket,” said Slattery.

There’s a chicken riggie dinner on Oct. 28 and a pancake breakfast on Nov. 5 at the American Legion in Holland Patent.

The chicken riggie dinner will be held from 5-8 p.m. and will cost $10 per adult meal and $7 per child. A Chinese auction will also be available at the event, with tickets available on site.

A four-wheeler has also been donated from Hudons to be auctioned off on Nov. 20 or when the 1,000 tickets have been sold. Tickets cost $10.

A Poparazzi Jewelry party has been established online for the month of October and the ‘12 days of Christmas Calendar’ raffle that will feature 12 large ticket items raffled off one a day for 12 days leading up to Christmas.

A lottery raffle is also available, which is a $50 bill and 86 scratch-off tickets, which has raised almost $2,000.

There’s already been a golf tournament and a craft fair to help raise funds. Two parents of the cheerleaders have also established Go Fund Me pages on their Facebook pages.

Those interested in donating straight to the Pop Warner team can send checks to the Northern Community Pop Warner program.