Thursday, February 28, 2013

Oh Hey, Pam! You're Fabulous!

With so many fabulous members on our performing team (we have close to 60 now!) it can be hard for the coaches to pick who the Cheer NY Fabulous Award winner is each week. At last week's practice, it was easy for leadership to choose their winner...Todd R. (a.k.a., "Pam") has been around Cheer New York for over a year now, but didn't officially join the team until the summer of 2012.

Get to know Todd R!!

Todd has lived in NYC for just over a year and comes to us originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky. As a member of Cheer NY, Todd really brings his A-game to our performances as a base, backspot and a tumbler. Todd began cheering when he was just in 8th grade and Cheer for the University of Kentucky - so he really knows the sport of cheerleading backwards and forwards. He is very helpful and knowledgeable when it comes to mastering new acrobatic stunts and is assisting leadership in taking our team to the next level. We are so lucky to have him as a part of Cheer New York.

Congrats again Todd R! Thanks for everything you do for us! 

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cheerleader 0f The Year: Wilson V.

Cheer New York is made up of adult men and women varying in ages, from all different walks of life. Each year we have approximately 30-40 Performing Members plus 15 or so Active Alumni and Auxiliary Members. Each November, the entire team gets all dressed up for our annual Cheer New York Awards Banquet. There are a handful of awards that the team gets to vote on, "Best Jumper," "Best Dancer," "Most Improved Flyer," etc. But there is one award, that is given by the Cheer NY Leadership, and it just might be Cheer New York's most coveted award..."Cheerleader of the Year!" The winner of this award embodies what Cheer NY is all about. They put their heart and soul into every practice, every event, every parade, raising money for local charities etc., etc., etc. We are fortunate enough to have many members of our team that could easily win this award, making leadership's job to pick only one person each year a bit difficult. But after careful consideration, leadership made their choice for the 2012-2013 recipient. Drum roll please.......

This year's Cheerleader of the Year is......
Wilson V!!!!

Wilson has been a vital part of this team since August 2009 and was a Co-captain for the 2011-2012 season. He is one of our strongest bases and one of our most talented tumblers.

He says that he is on Cheer New York because "It's a great way to give back to the community while doing one of my favorite activities, whether it be cheering, tumbling or dancing. I enjoy learning new skills and challenging myself with new stunts. But most of all, I've had the honor to meet some of the most incredible people in New York City."

Wilson makes time for Cheer NY after long days at the office as the Senior Account Service Representative for Turner Broadcasting. In his free time, he enjoys going to gymnastics classes, diving at Columbia University, coaching adults and kids in gymnastics, watching movies, and dinning out with friends and loved ones. The one meal that he just cannot get enough of is pasta, pasta, and more pasta!

What inspires Wilson? "My biggest inspiration has been my dad. He came from Cuba at the young age of 19 and was able to start a business, buy property, raise a family and become an American Citizen. He's inspired me to work as hard as I can in just about everything I do. It has affected my gymnastics, my education and my career in so many positive ways."

Giving back to the community, and raising money for charity is so much a part of this team, and a part of Wilson. "I really like how Cheer NY focuses on giving back to local organizations. How these organizations are small yet have a big impact in the community. Also, being that they are small organizations, we don't have to raise $100,000 for it to benefit the organization...every little bit counts, if it's 2k or 20k. These organizations do a lot for our community and I like to know that we can do a lot for them with the money we raise for them through our Cheer For Life fund."

Congratulations Wilson V!!! Thank you for your commitment and everything you do for Cheer New York.

Make sure you say hi to him at our next event, and congratulate him on receiving this prestigious award!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Will Clark Show: Cheer NY Bingo!

Cheer New York recently held its semi-annual Bingo fundraiser at the Ritz Bar hosted by Will Clark. We had a blast getting to meet some of our fans, selling Bingo tickets, and raising money for our two charities we are supporting (Art Start & Bronx AIDS Services). As cold as it has been these past few weeks in New York City, we had a surprisingly nice turnout and raised some great money for our two charities in just two hours selling $1 bingo cards.

We are honored to have been the final Bingo event at the Ritz Bar along with Peppermint and Lucky Charming, a “boylesque” performer, who both nearly stole the show with their amazing performances. We are so happy that we had such a wonderful turnout and got to meet many new people and introduce them to Cheer New York and see several of our fans, who are always there to support us. We were even graced by a few of our own potential new members and recruits!

Cheer NY is always happy to have new fans and play Bingo with Will Clark. We hope to see you at the next Bingo event!

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Congrats 2013 Newbies!

Cheer New York is very lucky in that we live in the greatest city in the U.S. (in our humble opinion). We have such a huge pool of talent show up at our auditions each year, it's hard for us to make cuts. That being said... Congratulations to the lucky 16 who recently went through our mid-season auditions and made the team!

Thank you to each and every person who auditioned.... we sincerely wish we could take every one of you. Please, re-audition for us again this summer for our 2013-2014 season!

Congrats again, and welcome to the Cheer NY family: Ashley S., Brennen C., Caitlin O., Cassie J., Dustin B., Justin K., Kendrew D., Lyndsey A., Mikaela D., Omer C., Sloan L., Zavier C., retuning member Jovani P., and our new auxiliary members, Cleopatra A., Jeremy K., and Austin N!

Now let's get ready for Pride season!!!

  Please join us in welcoming the newest members to the team!
Cheer NY would love to see you at 
Boxers Sports Bar in Hell's Kitchen
(50th St. & 9th Ave.) this Sunday, February 17 @ 6pm-9pm
for our semi-annual "Newbie Night!" 
Always a fun time, we hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Good Luck Recruits!

This past week, Cheer New York had over 25 fabulous candidates attend cheer clinics. This evening, they will brave the judging panel and show us if they have what it takes to be a member of this phenomenal team.

From all of your possible teammates currently on Cheer NY, we wish all recruits trying out the very best of luck. Just enjoy this moment and give us all you got!

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Saturday, February 09, 2013

NYRR's Gridiron Classic

On Sunday February 3, 2013 Cheer New York joined the New York Road Runners, Front Runners and other running enthusiasts  for the 22nd annual NYRR Gridiron Classic 4 mile race and Longest Football Throw Competition. 

 Photo courtesy of: NYRR

 It had snowed the night before so Cheer NY knew they had to bring the energy to help pep up the crowd of over 5,500 runners that ran the 4 mile race (including Cheer NY's Abbey C!).
Photo courtesy of: NYRR

The annual Super Bowl Sunday race starts with a longest football throw competition, which had a little extra excitement this year when a poodle rushed the field. The game day fun continued with many participants sporting their favorite teams jerseys and a midway poll allowing runners to predict the games outcome that night.

Turns out the runners guessed wrong as the Baltimore Ravens were victorious that evening, but Cheer New York still had a blast cheering each and every runner on to their own personal victory that morning. Great job to all that participated! We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Guess what???
Cheer New York tryouts are STILL going on! 
You've got one last chance to make it to cheer clinic 
this Sunday (Feb. 10).
You must visit our website 
and contact us to REGISTER and get exact details. 

Good luck Recruits!!!

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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Cheer NY Gives Back To Camp CHAM!

On Tuesday January 22nd 2013 members of Cheer New York presented a check for $5,000 to the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, last seasons Cheer For Life (CFL) nominated charity.

Two representatives from Camp CHAM, a summer camp for children living with diabetes, were there to accept the check. The Camp CHAM ladies were all smiles and so appreciative of Cheer New York's gift.

The money will support expenses at the hospital as well as funding for next years Camp CHAM. We spoke about Cheer New York's continued support of Camp CHAM and discussed maybe cheering for the camp this upcoming summer!

Thanks to all who attended and remember:
 Cheer Loud, Cheer Proud for charity!!

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Tuesday, February 05, 2013


Last night, Monday February 4, 2013 Cheer New York attended the 7th annual Jock-A-Thon Ball Gay Sports Party & Time Square Social Presented by TheMenEvent and Edge Networks at Dave & Buster's in Time Square

Cheer New York, along with other participating NYC teams came out to recruit and gain new athletic supporters. Hundreds of men and women came out to meet the jocks, and perhaps, end up on a team! This event has been a staple of the gay sports community and has been an excellent way to mix and mingle with all team members and those interested in learning more about gay sports in NYC.

With our upcoming tryouts, less than a day away, this event was a great way for us to gain some last minute recruits for this week's auditions.

We had a blast getting to know some of the new teams in NYC and reconnecting with long standing friends (Front Runners NY, Team New York Aquatics, and Big Apple Dodgeball just to name a few). We also gave away some great prizes for those that participated in our raffle- congrats to the winners of the theater tickets and the North Face jacket!

A big thank you to everyone that made it out last night, we had so much fun meeting you! We hope to see some of you tomorrow night (or Sunday afternoon) to audition for the remainder of our 2013 season! Don't forget to checkout out website for official details:

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Monday, February 04, 2013

Fabulous VAL!!

This week's Fabulous Award winner comes to Cheer New York all the way from Russia!

Valerie D. joined Cheer NY this past August because she saw it as a great opportunity to combine her love for cheerleading with helping the community. Val is one of our most flexibly flyers, with her favorite stunt to perform being a scorpion twist. One of the reasons leadership crowned Val this week's winner is because while she may often come across as timid and shy, she really goes out of her way to get to get to know each of her teammates personally.

Having only been in New York City for about a year and a half, Val says that through Cheer NY "I've gained an amazing family, I love my cheerios!"

Well, we love you too Valerie D! Congratulations on winning the Fabulous Award - keep up the good work!!

If you think you've got what it takes to be a fabulous member of Cheer New York, show us what you got! Mid-Season Tryouts start this Wednesday for the remainder of our 2013 season and we'd love to meet you.

 Please visit to REGISTER & get more details.

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Friday, February 01, 2013

This Is Your Time - Become A Member Of Cheer NY!

Join Us! We are "Cheerleaders for Charity!" Join Cheer New York to help your community, make new friends and have fun, while staying in shape. Besides the joy of raising money for charities through our Cheer for Life Fund, Cheer NY provides a positive and mutually supportive environment for our athletes, where adult men and women of all ages, gay and straight can share their talents and training with each other and strive for personal excellence. We are a sport, charity, social club, and family all in one! If you are 21 years old or older, you can audition to be a performing member on our Cheer Squad or join our Cheer NY Auxiliary Group (“Behind the scenes” Helpers, Fundraising or Marketing Assistants, Team Photographers, and Team Mascots).

Tryouts include one day for a MANDATORY Clinic/Registration on Feb. 6 (MAKE UP Clinic/Registration- Feb.  10), and a second day for your MANDATORY Audition (Feb. 13).

At clinics, you will get an orientation, get your questions answered, complete registration paperwork, and then review/learn jumps, cheers and stunts needed for tryouts. You must come to one of the two clinics (but are welcome to attend both, if you want the extra practice).

TRYOUT CLINIC: February 6, 2013.

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