CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Mid-Carolina Middle School cheerleaders performed during the UCA Pre-Game show at the 2013 ACC Dr. Pepper Football Championship Game in Charlotte after receiving an invitation to perform Dec. 7 at the Carolina Panther home stadium.
“This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Stacy Folk, Mid-Carolina Middle School’s coach. “The invitations were issued to all North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia trophy winning teams from a 2013 UCA overnight camp. There were 21 teams represented, four of which were middle school teams.”
The team had to perform the UCA Extreme Routine they learned at camp, with a few revisions sent via an online link. When they received the link, it was a whole new dance and they had four weeks to learn it.
“At first the girls felt overwhelmed at having such a short time to learn a new dance and having to learn it from a computer monitor,” said Folk. “But they embraced the challenge and learned the dance to perfection.”
Upon arrival to Panther Stadium the girls attended the Fan Fest for a short time before they were whisked away for a four-hour practice prior to show time. When the time arrived for the performance, all 21 cheer teams took the field for their 90-second routine.
“This was an amazing experience to walk out on a NFL football field and see these girls perform in front of thousands of fans,” said Folk. “I am so proud of the cheerleaders for all of their accomplishments this year. They have given and continue to give 110 percent at every practice, game, and other events in which they are involved.”
The cheerleading squad has support from Mid-Carolina Middle School administration, Mid-Carolina High School Booster Club, and all of the cheer parents.