Partnership to help strengthen cheerleading programs and promote science education
LANGHORNE, Penn. (Sept 7 2012) — Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., the nation’s largest and oldest youth football, cheer and dance organization, today announced a multi-year partnership with Science Cheerleader, LLC, a Pennsylvania-based corporation that works with more than 200 current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders to challenge stereotypes and encourage young cheerleaders to pursue careers in science and technology.
In November 2011, Pop Warner and Science Cheerleader successfully broke the Guinness World Record™ for the “World’s Largest Cheering Cheer.” Science Cheerleaders led 1,300 Pop Warner cheerleaders, ages five to fifteen, in a cheer choreographed by Science Cheerleader and 2011 Ms. United States, Laura Eilers, and Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Commissioner, Lisa Moroski.
Both Pop Warner and Science Cheerleader marry sports with education, making the partnership a natural fit. The two will collaborate to help educate and grow Pop Warner cheerleading programs nationwide and encourage Pop Warner’s youth to pursue science studies.
Additional elements of the partnership include:
● Pop Warner will promote member participation in Science Cheerleader Citizen Science activities and events, and Science Cheerleader will connect professional Science Cheerleaders with local Pop Warner programs.
● Science Cheerleader will donate five hundred dollars to the Pop Warner scholarship fund annually Science Cheerleader will have an active presence at the annual Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championship at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.
“We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Science Cheerleader to develop a solid partnership for future endeavors that combine recreational cheerleading and science,” said Mary FitzGerald, COO of Pop Warner. “We hope that this partnership will help to grow our cheerleading programs nationwide and inspire our young athletes to realize their potential and pursue careers in science
“Women are underrepresented in science and technology careers so we target this untapped resource by going to where they are,” said Darlene Cavalier, Founder of Science Cheerleader. “Pop Warner Youth Cheerleaders are leaders and disciplined athletes involved in rigorous training. Science Cheerleaders demonstrate how these qualities can lead to successful science and technology careers in the future.”
About Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.
Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Langhorne, PA, Pop Warner Little Scholars is the world’s largest youth football, cheerleading and dance organization and the only youth sports organization that emphasizes academics as a prerequisite for participation. Currently there are over 400,000 children in Pop Warner organizations in 43 states, Scotland, Germany, Russia, Japan and Mexico. The NFLPA estimates that 70% of all current NFL Players got their start in Pop Warner programs. For more information on Pop Warner and its programs visit popwarner.com, our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.
About ScienceCheerleader.com
Founded by Darlene Cavalier, former Philadelphia 76ers cheerleader-turned-science advocate, Science Cheerleader works with more than 200 current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders. They playfully challenge stereotypes, inspire kids to consider careers in science and technology, and encourage everyday people to get involved in real science activities through citizen science projects at SciStarter.com. Cavalier and her efforts with both organizations have been featured on CNN, ESPN, NPR, BBC, Discover Magazine, and more. Learn more at www.sciencecheerleader.com and www.scistarter.com.

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