By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff
Preparation is key.
The Grand Canyon University spirit club hosted a three-day camp that focused on a variety of cheerleading practices to prepare the team for the upcoming competitive season.
The GCU spirit club camp focused on three things: skills, techniques and team bonding. The camp was led by head coach Haven Parish and assisted by coaches of P.U.R.E Techniques Camps, who brought their expertise to the mat. “The camp provided experience that encourages the athletes to work together by learning new stunt techniques, skills and drives to improve their cheerleading knowledge,” Parish said.
The camp not only focused on bettering the skills of each athlete but also strengthening the team bond, “teamwork and unison is our ultimate goal, especially in a team sport,” said Parish. “It takes every single athlete executing their specific job to achieve success.” The three days of camp had different themes each day to increase team morale and bonding such as Disney day, Breast Cancer Awareness day and Lopes Spirit day.
The camp came to a close with GCU spirit club better prepared for competition and a closer team bond, “I see so much improvement after camp, not only with the skills that they learned, but also with the team vibe,” Parish said. “We are getting there. We have a long way to go and a long season ahead for competition, but we are progression for sure.”
The GCU spirit club will have their first performance on Nov. 4 at the USA Regional at Deer Valley High School.