West Chicago Youth Cheerleading takes state championship for 3rd year in a row
Three cheers for West Chicago Youth Cheerleading on its three-peat victory in the sixth- to eighth-grade division at the Illinois Recreational Cheerleading Association state competitions on Dec. 8.
This was the third consecutive year in which they took first place, a sweet ending for many of the cheerleaders who will be moving on to high school next year.
Based on the performance of the second-grade squad, which came in second at the state competition this year, the organization has an exciting future ahead.
"We are so proud of these young athletes for bringing such great enthusiasm, spirit, and talent to the sport of cheerleading, and we wish them every success in the future," said West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda.
The nonprofit 501(c)3 organization run by volunteers, provides cheering opportunities for children in first to eighth grade.
The team regularly cheers for the West Chicago Youth Football team and participates in various IRCA-sponsored competitions.
Team members and coaches share the excitement of a second-place victory in the second-grade division, positioning the organization with a bright future.
The West Chicago Youth Cheerleading league was founded to encourage youth athletic activities as well as to promote sportsmanship and fitness. It is sponsored by Hawthorne's Backyard & Grill, a popular eating establishment at 1200 W. Hawthorne Lane in West Chicago.