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Blackhawks to Cheer at Citrus Bowl
Blackhawks to Cheer at Citrus Bowl
Posted on 09/05/2019
The award-winning cheerleaders of North Buncombe High will perform for the 2020 Citrus Bowl.By: Benjamin Rickert, BCS Communications (Photo provided by North Buncombe High School)

College football fans will see some familiar faces cheering during the Citrus Bowl pregame show on January 1, 2020. The North Buncombe High School Varsity Cheerleaders will take their skills to the field of Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, before a crowd of 60,000 cheering spectators.

“This season, we wanted to go back to the origins of cheerleading and build the team into true spirit-exemplary students and ambassadors for the school within the community,” said Ms. Holly Griffin, who coaches the team alongside Ms. Kristen Nunez. “We’re very honored by this invitation and can’t wait for their performance.”

The Blackhawks were invited to perform after earning the Superior Team trophy through Varsity Spirit’s Universal Cheerleading Association Spirit Camp. The team will join trophy winners from other Varsity Spirit camps in the Sunshine State on December 29 to rehearse for the New Year’s Day performance.

According to a Varsity Spirit press release, the Citrus Bowl has been a college football tradition giving cheerleaders and dancers opportunities to perform since 1947.

Each year, athletics, fine arts, and extracurricular programs in Buncombe County Schools provide students additional opportunities to grow and excel. We’re continually proud of our students who work hard both in and out of the classroom, participating in historic and high-profile performances, and competing in state titles.

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Weaverville, NC – 9/3/2019 The North Buncombe High School cheerleaders/dancers from Weaverville, NC will be performing in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida on January 1, 2020.

The teams invited to perform in the pre-game performance are trophy winners from Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), Universal Dance Association (UDA), National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) and National Dance Alliance (NDA) summer camps, brands under the Varsity Spirit umbrella.

Squad members will travel as a team to Orlando for a week of rehearsals dedicated to preparing them for their Citrus Bowl pre-game performance. The dancers and cheerleaders will perform in front of 60,000 fans at this popular college football game in the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

The Citrus Bowl has been a college football tradition since 1947. The game gives cheerleaders and dancers the opportunity to perform at the 7th oldest collegiate bowl in the country, as well as the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World® Resort.

For more than 40 years, Varsity Spirit has been the leading organization training cheerleaders and their coaches in proper cheerleading safety technique, stunting progressions and spirit leading activities. Cheerleaders are taught spirit leading essentials like game cheers and pep rally fundamentals as well as proper stunting progressions, a part of a highly acclaimed Safety Awareness Program.

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