Wednesday, April 27, 2011

UCA, Making A Difference

As I've said before, a large part of cheerleading, that often goes unnoticed, is helping out around the community. UCA, The Universal Cheerleading Association, is asking squads that attend their summer camps to help raise money for the St. Jude Children's Hospital. St. Jude is one of the world's premier centers for research and treatment of pediatric cancer, treating children from across the U.S. and from all around the world. All research discoveries made there are freely shared with the global medical community.  Also, no child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay, and families without insurance never receive a bill for treatment. And to put how much this program needs money into perspective, it costs more than $1.6 million per day to operate St. Jude, and that comes primarily from donations.

This year, UCA is teaming up with St. Jude to support its life saving mission of finding cures for children fighting cancer and other catastrophic illnesses. We want to help St. Jude kids have victory over pediatric cancer, and we need your team to help make it happen. We're asking each team member to help spread the word about this great cause by sending five letters to friends and family and asking them to make a donation - that's it! If you've already signed up for a UCA camp, here's what your team can do to join in this effort:
  1. Visit UCA's Registration Tracker. Login and look for the Team Up for St. Jude spirited by Varsity logo and click on it to find out more details and to participate in this program.
  2. Complete the fundraising letters and Team Up curriculum at a pre-camp practice or meeting.
  3. Cheerleaders and coaches who turn in at least five letters at camp will be awarded a special

Team Up for St. Jude pin.In Varsity’s partnership with St. Jude the theme is Hope. During this year’s camp season, we hope your team joins us in making a difference in the lives of St. Jude children. We hope more awareness is raised about this cause. And we hope a cure is found!

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