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Rams rally to Florida

Fast fundraising gets cheerleaders to national competition

The Dudley Charlton Rams show off their trophy, hoping to bring another one home from Florida after the 12 and under team competes there in a national competition. (click for larger version)
December 07, 2011
CHARLTON — An unexpected trip to Florida had members of the Charlton Dudley Rams cheerleading organization scrambling to raise $6,000 in just seven days last week.

Under the leadership of head coach Pam Trudel and assistant coach Jen Brussiere, the Rams' 12 and under cheerleading squad won the top prize at the Central Mass. Youth Football and Cheer Conference on Nov. 27, after competing against squads from all across the region. The first place win, which qualified the girls for the national competition in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 10, came as a surprise to the coaches, as the squad of just seven girls took on teams that had up to 16 cheerleaders.

"You can do a lot more with more people, so we just figured it wasn't in our favor," explained Brussiere.

Even the cheerleaders, who range in ages from 9 to 13, went into the competition with no expectations, hoping only to place at the regional contest.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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