The GCS Cheer Program centers on athletes having a Christ-like attitude, helping each athlete develop spiritually, physically, and mentally, and instilling a true joy and passion for Grace Christian Cheerleading.
Being a member of the GCS Cheer Program is a privilege earned through effort. Every athlete on the team is a leader and an ambassador of the GCS Cheer Program, both on and off the court. Sportsmanship and respect for others is held in high regard, as these are qualities that are necessary when working together as a team. Cheerleaders are expected and held accountable to demonstrate Christ-like leadership qualities in all phases of life.
The mission of Grace Christian Athletics is to provide an excellent sports program that will help our students develop their God-given abilities. We want our student-athletes to honor and glorify God in all that they do (I Corinthians 10:31). Athletics is something that God allows us to do, not something that defines us. We need to make God first place in our lives (Matthew 6:33).
GCS Cheerleading Squads are 2A members of the Raleigh Area Athletic Conference (RAAC) as part of the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA).
The Middle School is available to students grades 5 through 8. This foundational stage of development is the most important level of learning for our Cheer program, and includes:
Middle School Cheer gives us an opportunity to introduce and teach the fundamental aspects of the sport including team spirit, basic cheerleading moves and motions, beginning stunts, routines, jumps, and tumbling.
Middle School Cheer practices/or cheers at a game at least 4x a week. Wednesday is normally the off day for Middle School Cheer practice.
The privilege to wear the GCS Varsity Cheerleading uniform is reserved for our top athletes, grades 7 – 12, who have mastered the demands of the Middle School program and demonstrate a consistent display of the core Christlike characters traits of our athletic program: Diligence, Endurance, Boldness, Obedience, Faith, Humility, and Dependability.
Fundamental skills are refined with an increased intensity for excellence, competition, and complexity on our Varsity Cheer Squad. Our Varsity cheerleaders are judged on athletic ability, work ethic, attitude, and knowledge of the coach’s strategies. Varsity cheerleaders display experience in cheer, confidence and an excessive amount of school spirit. They have mastered the cheer basics and are ready to move on to more challenging opportunities. Varsity cheerleaders take on leadership roles and are good role models for our younger cheerleaders.
Varsity Cheer practices/or cheers at games at least 5x a week with possible Saturday practices and games.
The GCS Cheerleading Program runs during our Winter competition season in correlation with our Basketball season. Tryouts and practices beginning in late October. If you’d like more information about the GCS Cheerleading Program, or to register for tryouts, please contact our Athletic Director.
GCS hosts Elementary Cheer Summer Camp and offers an after school Cheer Enrichment Camp for grades K – 5.
GCS cheer camp focuses on the basics of cheer, daily devotions, and the importance of teamwork.
Coming soon will be a Middle School & JV Cheer Camp, which will teach more advanced routines, builds and cheers.
Players from each team are selected for the following annual awards: