Season 3 Comes to an End

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What an AMAZING finish at World Pride 2019 in NYC, where we were able to join several of our fellow Pride Cheerleading Association (PCA) teams from across the nation. And special shout out to Cheer New York for being fantastic hosts for a superb weekend. 50 years since Stonewall and we’ve come so far, but we still have a long way to go as we continue to march and cheer for true equality for our friends and family in the LGBTQ+ community. We’ll be out and about this summer here or there, but tune back in around August for more details about upcoming tryouts and looking forward to Season 4!!

Meet a Member: Raechelle

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Nickname: Rae

Distinguishing characteristics: hard-working, extremely talented, dedicated, fearless, smiles!

Origin: San Francisco, CA 🌉

Day job: Bon Appetit Catering Server and Gallaudet University Cheerleading Assistant Coach

Role model: CJ Jones 🎥🎬🍿 - a Deaf American actor, post-production in filmmaking of "Avatar 2" (2020) directed by James Cameron

Biggest goal/dream: Rae plans to enroll in a master’s degree to further her education and to aid in obtaining a successful career and living comfortably with her dog, Khloé, and new kittens, Cassiopeia & Olivia 🐕🐈🐈

Favorite emoji: 🤟🤟🤟 the gesture for “I love you” in American Sign Language

Fatal flaw: She has an obsession with emojis (can you tell?)

Fun fact: One of the first Deaf Cheer DC members and the second for Pride Cheerleading Association 📣✨🏳️‍🌈

"Raechelle always has a smile on her face. She’s always willing to try new things without hesitation and always kills it. She has an infectious personality and I look forward to working with her every week." - Ayana B.

“Did you see those toe touch baskets she pulled yesterday?!” - Stefanie C.

Meet a Member: Ayana

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Honors: First Spirit Stick awardee of Season 3!

Distinguishing characteristics: bright, dedicated, always smiling, energizer!

Origin: Richmond, VA

Day job: Teen Program Director and Belay Instructor at The YMCA

Celebrity crush(es): Robert Downey Jr., Anderson Cooper, and Colin Firth

Biggest goal/dream: Move to France permanently and eventually gain citizenship - wish her luck!

Fatal flaw: She shows emotions in her facial expressions and there is no disguising them

Fun fact: Before joining Cheer DC, she cheered for a professional sports team in France

"Ayana is such a positive force on the team. She is a very strong base and also truly believes in Cheer DC’s mission to serve the community." - Sarah S.