MEDFORD, Ore--- NewsWatch 12 is digging into the Amateur Athlete archives in order to look back at how some of our athletes spent the last year.
This week, we look back at the Cascade Christian Cheer Team. The team practices what is called "Real-life cheerleading." The team attempts to spread positivity and cheer everywhere it goes. One of the best examples of this is when the Challenger Cheer Team helped a family recover from losing its home in a fire.
NewsWatch 12's Josh Shelton's original article is below. His original video story is above.
MEDFORD, Ore. — The Cascade Christian Cheer Team took home top honors at the Oregon Cheer Coaches Association All-State Competition earlier in November.
They were named the Stunt Champs over five other Oregon 3A schools. But that's not the accomplishment they're most proud of.
When a Grace Christian Elementary school teacher and her family lost their home to a fire this summer, the Challenger Cheer Team stepped in. They decided to donate the money they raised from a car wash to the family. But then they wanted to do something more.
So with the $500 they raised, they jumpstarted a GoFundMe page to help alleviate the costs Becky Bull and her family faced after losing their possessions and their family dog.
"There was no hesitation about it and we love spreading joy and giving hope," Bethany Baldwin said. "We love helping and cheering on other people and just giving out the hope that we can."
As of Thursday, the fundraiser page has raised nearly $14,000, just short of their $15,000 goal.
Becky Bull has been overwhelmed with the support of the community and especially the Cascade Christian Cheer Team.
"What was overwhelming to me was how much the girls really cared," Bull said. "These were high school girls that wanted to make an impact and they truly did."
It's all part of the cheer team's head coach, Becky Abbott's philosophy of "real-life cheerleading." She wants to teach the girls on her team to spread the joy of cheer beyond just the football field and competition floor.