HARRISON, N.Y. - A new travel cheerleading team is coming to Harrison in September thanks to the help from Harrison cheerleading coach Rosa Acocella. The new team will allow up-and-coming cheerleaders to grow in the sport and prepare for the high school squad.
"I've always wanted the town to have a modified team," said Acocella, who coached cheerleading for the past 12 years.
Acocella approached the Harrison Recreation Department to establish a new team that will instruct students from sixth to eighth grade. Their coach will be a member of the Harrison High School alumni to keep the lessons in the family, she said.
"People are becoming more aware of what we have to offer," Acocella said. "We're super competitive and this is going to help take things to the next level."
What sets the travel team apart from the standard and traditional team at the high school is the acceptance process. Acocella's new travel team won't hold mandatory tryouts so that all who want to learn the sport have a chance to jump in. Cheerleaders will still need to try out for the high school team upon their arrival to the school.
The program will run from September to February and costs $300 per child. The costs will cover all of the team's competitions, attire, and more.
"We're always working as a family unit," Acocella said.
The Harrison cheerleaders participate in various school events and also compete in national competitions with the culmination of their season taking place at a Florida national competition in February.
E-mail town reporter Phil Corso at PCorso@TheDailyHarrison.com .
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