The King’s Academy’s defending state champion Lions competition cheerleading team are in the midst of a very busy time. However, coach Jenn Allen and her staff pause the season one Saturday every December to join in the national Wreaths Across America initiative.
The Wreaths Across America objective is to remember, honor and teach current generations about the sacrifices made by veterans of the U.S. Military. Nationwide, groups and organizations decorate the tombstones of veterans with Christmas wreaths while taking part in parades and other activities to honor their service.
TKA cheerleaders marched in a local parade, laid wreaths in the South Florida National Cemetery and finished the day wrapping gifts for children of fallen soldiers.
“I think it’s so important to slow down during the Christmas season and focus on what is really important,” Allen said. “Through the Wreaths Across America event, we get to do that while also taking the memory of a lost loved one and turning it into a moment of celebration and honor for a lot of families. The event helps our girls to pay respect to the things that make America great and pass along love to a lot of families.”
The squad returned to practices throughout the holidays, and their competition schedule heats up with appearances at FCC Nationals in Orlando on Jan 3-4.