On Saturday, April 21, 2018 the New England Patriots Cheerleaders hosted a cheer workshop in support of Cheer for Dana-Farber. The Cheer for Dana-Farber program brings local cheer teams together to help fight cancer by fundraising in support of Dana-Farber patient care and research. 28 teams with over 200 youth cheerleaders from New England helped to raise over $50,000 this past 2017 season. The program has raised over $300,000 since its inception and the goal is to raise half a million dollars by the end of 2018!
The top 9 fundraising teams won the opportunity to attend a spring workshop hosted by the New England Patriots Cheerleaders. The squad set up group stations in which the following youth teams rotated through; Charlestown, Big Shots, Wareham Tigers, Rocket Cheer, South Hadley Cats, Derry Wolverines, Melrose, and Saugus. These stations educated the teams on the following techniques and skill sets; cheer, jumps, tumbling, dance, stunting, and team building. After the group stations, each team performed to showcase their hard work and aptitudes. The workshop ended with a Q&A session where the youth teams were able to ask any questions they had about their role models, the New England Patriots Cheerleaders. Members of the squad spoke about their accomplishments as a NFL cheerleader as well as their accomplishments outside of the cheerleading world. They discussed their achievements in their education, careers, community involvement, and volunteer work. Cheers to these youth teams for a great job fundraising for an amazing cause!