Amarette Morales, a New Jerusalem School student, has been cheering for four years. Her older sister, Brianna, has been cheering for three. They will show no fear when they perform tonight, even though they will be watched by everyone at Arco Arena at a Sacramento Monarchs game.
In fact, they will enjoy doing the cheer routine with their teammates from Stockton-based Cheer Odyssey.
“I’m happy to show what the sport is about,” Amarette, 8, said.
They didn’t know that they would be picked to perform at a WNBA game, but they were excited for the opportunity. They spent three weeks with their team getting ready.
The girls said that one of the things they enjoy about cheering is its active nature, and they love that they are always on their feet.
“It helps in school and gives you something to work for,” 13-year-old Brianna said.
Cheer Odyssey is a competitive cheer team open to all athletes ages 8 through 18. They compete all over California, from San Diego to Sacramento.
In its sixth year, the team earned the 2007 JAMZ Junior Large National Championship title. In addition to competing, Cheer Odyssey performs at charitable events, such as Kids in a Box and the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. It’s an excellent experience for all involved, participants say.
“They treat you like family,” said John Snow, the girls’ father. “It has really opened them up to new things.”
“It’s over-the-top great,” Brianna added.
The Monarchs will be playing against the San Antonio Silver Stars. The girls will cheer at halftime for today’s game.