Troy high cheer program continues tradition of Christmas giving

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Troy Times | Published December 21, 2011

TROY — Instead of building a pyramid made of people, members of the three Troy High cheerleading squads, once they finish shopping, will have a pyramid of presents for local families they’ve adopted this Christmas.

A five-year tradition continued, according to Colts coach Beth Campbell, as the freshman, JV and varsity squads each adopted needy Troy families with the hopes of bringing those families some added holiday cheer.

“We have a team Christmas party each year where each girl would pick a teammate to buy something for,” said Campbell, in her 12th year with Troy High. “Five years ago, we decided to stop that tradition and put the money toward helping someone else.”

In that time, the three squads have also participated in Relay For Life of Troy and served dinner to the homeless at Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac, Campbell said. Local churches and community groups set the teams up with families, she said.

“I work for the American Cancer Society and have been involved in nonprofit work my whole life,” Campbell said. “So my JV coach and I began looking for an opportunity to give back. We try to always find a family in Troy.”

The three teams shopped for gifts the week of Dec. 19, Campbell said, and will deliver them in time for Christmas.

“There is always so much going on for us during competitive season that it is easy to be so focused on ourselves,” Campbell said. “Doing this each year is a wonderful reminder to the girls that it’s not always all about them.”

Troy girls soccer gives back

The Troy High girls soccer team did its fair share of good deeds this year, as well.

Team members read to several classes during March is Reading Month at Schroeder Elementary School and collected new and used sports equipment for The Power Company Kids Club in Pontiac during their car wash fundraiser. The club serves over 800 children each week.