WAREHAM – The Wareham Tigers Cheer Athletics team have received a $5,000 challenge grant from the A.D. Makepeace Company.
The grant will match dollar-for-dollar all donations for the teams’ quest to attend the Recreational Championship in Disney World through February 5, Wareham Tigers Athletic Association’s Cheer Coordinator, Damon Solomon, announced today.
Flights, passes, and accommodations for the team and coaches are expected to total $35,000.
“We are pleased to be able to support this great organization and recognize the talent of these young ladies,” said Jim Kane, president and chief executive officer of the A.D. Makepeace Company.
The Tigers’ 18U Performance Recreation Affiliated Competition Cheer Team (PRIDE) team, consisting of 16 athletes from Wareham, earned their bid to the national competition in Florida by taking first place and Grand Champion status at a local qualifying event. The 18U team and six staff members are now seeking the community’s help to raise the necessary funds to attend the prestigious competition.
“Our board has created an amazing fundraising committee that has diligently reached out to several local businesses and individuals for donations,” Solomon said. “The A.D. Makepeace Company has really stepped up to support our organization with this challenge grant and we couldn’t be more excited.”
“We are so proud of the work the athletes, their coaches, and their families have put in, we just hope we can get them to Florida in March,” Solomon added.
In addition to the challenge grant, several other fundraising events are taking place in the area. A portion of every shake purchased at Good Life Nutrition, 170 Main Street, Wareham will be donated directly to WTCA on January 15 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Also, the team will receive proceeds of the meat raffle at Parrot Bar & Grille, 1356 MA-28A, Cataumet on February 6 starting at 3 p.m.
On February 19, Stone Path Malt, 11 Kendrick Road, Wareham will host a Cornhole Tournament and Raffle starting at 12:30 p.m. And bottle and can drives will continue on dates to be determined.
You can also find WTCA athletes and volunteers canning in front of the Wareham Fire Station on Main Street and the Wareham Walmart on January 22, February 5, February 26, and March 6 from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Make a donation by February 5 and have it count double! Donations may be made by visiting the team’s Go Fund Me Page, or by mailing a check to WTCA, P.O. Box 538, West Wareham, MA 02576.