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April 17, 2004

Albany- Children Having Energy and Enthusiasm while Rejuvenating Unique Potential, or C.H.E.E.R. U.P., is a program that teaches young girls ages four to fourteen the basic fundamentals of cheerleading.

Along with mastering the art of pepping up crowds, the girls also learn the importance of exercise and academics.

"There are other things that cheerleaders do. We don't do drugs, we're good in academics, we stress academic excellence, we stress self-motivation, and teaching them how to do things for themselves," says Program Coordinator Littla Merritt-Hayslip.

"We learned new things to do in life," explains 8-year old Cateama Sanders.

"We do cheers and we do tumble practice, and learn dances," adds 9 year old Jazzmine Mike.

C.H.E.E.R. U.P. girls compete, cheer at sporting events, and perform for the residents at Palmyra nursing home.

Posted at 5:00 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com