A cheerleading clinic was offered to Fort Riley children by the Kansas State University Cheerleading Team Oct. 28 at King Field House.
About 100 children attended the fifth annual clinic, and more than 10 cheerleaders were present to teach basic cheerleading skills.
“We appreciate what Soldiers do for our country, and this is a small thing that we can give back,” said Dannielle Ruoff, head coach, K-State Cheerleading Team.
The cheerleaders broke the children into small groups based on age, and then gave them level-appropriate lessons.
“We love doing this, but it does get a little loud,” Ruoff said.
During the two-hour clinic, the gym’s noise level swelled with cheers of “Go State!” and “Let’s Go Cats!”
“My favorite part is teaching the girls the jumps and cheers.
They were so enthusiastic,” said Shakyra Everett, sophomore and cheerleader, K-State.
Everett worked mostly with the 6- to 8-year-old group.
Eventually, all age groups joined together to learn the cheer, “Who Rocks the House,” from Ruoff, which they chanted as they snaked through the gym.
“I liked seeing the cheerleaders because they are pretty,” said Brynleigh Elkins, 4. “‘Who Rocks the House’ was my favorite (cheer).”
K-State mascot, Willie the Wildcat, also made an appearance, interacting and posing for pictures for the children.
As Ruoff wrapped up the clinic, she thanked Soldiers and Families for all they do.
By Jessica Healey
1ST INF. DIV. POST
PHOTO: A K-State cheerleader leads children in a routine during a clinic offered to Fort Riley children Oct. 28 at King Field House. (Jessica Healey | POST)