BRISTOL, Tenn. - Last week the King University cheerleading and dance teams was privileged to work with Celebration Church as they hosted their annual Rise Up children's camp. The camp provides children with several different class options including tumbling, drama, art, guitar, piano, community service, hip hop, science, etc., incorporating God's word and love into every session.
Several members of the team assisted coach Debbie Neilson in teaching multiple tumbling classes to children ranging in age, from 3-14, during the week of Celebration's Rise Up camp. Some of the student-athletes' responsibilities included setting up tumbling equipment, leading safety talks and stretches, teaching tumbling progressions, spotting advanced tumblers, leading games and activities, teaching and spotting stunts, and discussing God's glory.
Approximately 80 children attended the Rise Up camp, and nearly half of all of the campers chose to participate in tumbling class. Celebration Church's Rise Up camp is one of the Tornado cheerleading team's favorite yearly volunteer events. Rise Up volunteer and King cheerleader, Jordan Smith, has helped out with the camp for the past few years.
"Celebration Church's Rise Up camp is always one of my favorite summer events," Smith said. "I always look forward to it. The Celebration Church team always makes us feel appreciated and welcome. It's wonderful to be able to have fun with the campers, teach them about what I love, and see the work that God is doing through them."
This year marked the third year the cheerleading team has had the pleasure of helping out with the event and the first year for the dance team.