I first became aware of the Snapple Bowl when I was an elementary school student. Although I was only cheerleading at the Pop Warner level at the time, I had heard how amazing of an experience it was and had always hoped to one day have the opportunity to be involved.
Following my senior year varsity cheerleading season, I was selected to be a part of the 2013 Snapple Bowl. Being able to take part in the 20th anniversary game is truly an honor because it is one of the most incredible events I have ever experienced.
My cheerleading career began at a very young age as a member of the Golden Bear Chargers Pop Warner team. I have been lucky enough to be a part of various organizations and teams since then, including the Comet All-Stars, World Cup All-Stars and of course Spotswood High School Varsity. Being a part of these teams has helped develop some of my closest friendships that will last a lifetime.
I feel that being involved with the Snapple Bowl is an awesome opportunity because not only am I reunited with some of the girls I cheered with growing up, but I am also able to get to know other athletes from various towns. It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with and cheer on some of the greatest athletes in Middlesex County.
The Snapple Bowl teams are made up mostly of seniors and for some, this summer will be the last time they ever have the opportunity to physically take part in a football game. It is truly a great experience because all of their hard work has paid off and allowed them to be involved with one of the biggest games of their career.
Although my cheerleading career will continue at James Madison University, I feel that being a part of the 2013 Snapple Bowl is an ideal way to close this chapter of my life as a high school student.
The Snapple Bowl is truly incredible because not only is it an excellent way to bring athletes together from different high schools, but it is also a charitable event for an amazing cause. When I was informed that I was selected to cheer in the game I was overwhelmed with excitement. Not only was I being given another chance to do what I love, but I have heard so many great things about the community service aspect of the event.
On Monday, July 15 the Middlesex County football players and cheerleaders are spending the day at the Lakeview School for students with disabilities. It is such a humbling feeling to know that I, along with the other student athletes, could make such a huge difference in the lives of others who are not as fortunate as we are. I am certain that we all will be greatly impacted when we witness the smiles on each of the children’s faces and are able to hear them cheering us on during the pep rally.
The Snapple Bowl is such a remarkable event, because not only is a great deal of money raised to help disabled children, but we are able to work with them hands-on as well. This type of event is truly inspirational, and I could not be happier to be a part of giving back to such a wonderful cause. Being involved with the 2013 Snapple Bowl has been one of the greatest experiences of my life so far, and I am sure it will continue to be even more incredible as the game approaches. I thank everyone for making this opportunity possible and wish the best of luck to all the athletes.