The Charlotte High School varsity cheerleaders and coaching staff will host a meet and greet for anyone interested in participating in the Oriole Youth Cheerleading Program.  

The Meet and Greet will take place on Tuesday, June 25 at the Charlotte High School football field at 7 p.m.   The sideline varsity cheer team and varsity coaches will talk and answer questions about the program. 

There are two divisions of the Oriole Youth Cheerleading Program. The first is designed for kids in developmental kindergarten through third grade. These athletes will practice each Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Middle School cafetorium, beginning Aug. 7. On Sept. 12, the cheerleaders will cheer at the junior varsity football game at the high school. The cheerleaders will also cheer at a CJO eighth-grade football game in September.  Each athlete will receive a t-shirt, shorts and bow!

The second division is designed for kids in grades fourth through eighth. Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Aug. 6 for the fourth through sixth graders and July 30 for seventh and eighth graders at the Charlotte Middle School cafeteria. In addition to practices, the athletes will learn gymnastics on Mondays, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the middle school activity room beginning Aug. 12. The Cheerleaders will cheer at their respective Charlotte Junior Oriole (CJO) football games and each athlete will receive a t-shirt, shorts, sweatshirt and bow.  

Yvonne Ridge, varsity coach said, “I am excited about the Oriole Youth Cheerleading program and am looking forward to working with the young cheerleaders.” 

You can register and pay for the Oriole Youth Cheer program on the Charlotte Public Schools website on the Aquatic Center page at If you have questions or need additional information, you can contact Mike Sparks, Youth Recreation Coordinator at (517) 541-5748 or email at

Article submitted by Oriole Youth Cheerleading.