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Cheerleaders ready to step on court

Decatur squad invited to perform during halftime of Washington Wizards game
By Taylor Sloan | Jan 11, 2018
Courtesy of: Michelle Sullivan The Stephen Decatur High School varsity cheerleading team and one former member will perform at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., tonight, Friday, during halftime of the Washington Wizards basketball game.

(Jan. 12, 2018) The Stephen Decatur High School varsity cheerleading team and one former member will perform at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., tonight, Friday, during halftime of the Washington Wizards basketball game against the Orlando Magic.

The Decatur cheer squad was invited by Cheerleaders of America, an organization that allows cheer and dance teams from across the country to perform together at major events. The Decatur team was also invited to perform during a Naval Academy football game along with several other groups in November.

“The Naval Academy game was much larger, with 500 cheerleaders, but this venue for the Wizards is smaller,” Coach Michelle Sullivan said.

Earlier this week, Sullivan didn’t know how many other cheerleaders would be joining her squad, which consists of two freshmen, six sophomores, four juniors, three seniors and alum Sydney Chittum, who graduated in 2017.

Sullivan was sent a video with the performance choreography and stunts from Cheerleaders of America at the end of last month. The routine the girls had to learn is three and a half minutes long.

“We’ve had three weeks to prepare,” she said.

Because of the holidays and recent snowstorm, the cheerleaders have been practicing on their own, but have not had much time to work on the routine together.

“I’ve been practicing a lot, and a few of the girls have been practicing together,” Chittum said.

“I’m definitely excited and nervous,” senior captain Becca Tudor added. “I hope to gain more confidence in my performing skills.”

The Decatur group and other cheerleaders will take part in a four-hour rehearsal at the arena before their performance Friday night. The game is slated to start at 7 p.m.

“I’m excited to be involved,” junior captain Hailey Ehatt said.

Ehatt hopes to cheer in college and Friday’s performance is something she’s proud to have on her résumé.

“I’ve watched their cheer team and the Wizards are known, so I’m excited to be able to cheer at such a big event,” Ehatt said.

Other than their performance at the Naval Academy, this is only the second time the Decatur cheer squad has been invited to cheer at a major sporting event.

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