Leader Staff Writer
This year’s Bear River High cheerleaders have hearts the size of…. well, a bear. Move over Jazz Bear; thanks to the school’s cheerleaders, their teams now have an icon of which they can be proud. The bear mascot also has a name to go with it—Big Red. Big he is, red he is not. However, he is much better than the original bear mascot that the school had the first year Becky Reese coached the Bear River High cheerleaders.
“[That one’s head] looked more like a gopher,” Reese said.
The cheerleaders decided they wouldn’t go to a national competition this year. They wanted to earn the money for a mascot for years, Reese said. So without the cheerleaders’ knowledge, and with $2,000 in hand from their golf tournament fundraiser, she had the mascot made. When it finally arrived, the costume was revealed in front of the community at the first basketball home game of the season. The cheerleaders were presented with the unopened box during halftime and shared the reveal with the basketball fans. One of the cheerleaders’ fathers donned the mascot this season, but next year there will be two students who take on the role.
This year’s squad has been focused on service and as a result of the time they put in to help the community and school, they have been really unified, too. The girls donated many hours to local elementary students, helping make sure needy kids locally had a good Christmas and donating a bunch of time and service to the food pantry.
Over two weeks’ time, the group donated approximately 910 pounds of canned goods to the Tremonton Food Pantry.
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