Powder Puff set for Oct. 27

Ashlee Jones, Staff Writer

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Galileo is having their annual Powder Puff Football game Oct. 27 at Dan Daniel Park where coaches, Principal Jay Lancaster and History Teacher Jared Smith and their teams will face of with the goal of dominating the field.

Powder Puff Football is a flag football or touch football game, normally between girls who are juniors and seniors or cross-town school rivals, where the boys are the cheerleaders or pep squad members.

Here at Galileo, Special Education Teacher Vanessa Riddle is the coach for the pep squad and assisting her this year is Guidance Counselor Kendra Hatchett who is celebrating her first year at Galileo. Together, the pair will prepare the pep squad for the annual game, coming up with a halftime performance and chants for throughout the game. Cheers and chants are very short and around less than a minute or two. Halftime is usually about five minutes long.

“Galileo boys volunteer to learn cheers to cheer on the football teams,” Riddle said. “There are ten members as of now, but we’re hoping to have more.  It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to show school spirit.”

A few of the pep squad members have been on the squad for three year or more. Already signed up for this year’s game are Junior Isaiah Warner, who is team captain, and Seniors Tazz Rodgers, Quran Clark, and Eric Lipscomb.

“I do whatever I’m told to,” Rodgers said. “I just hope to have fun while doing this, especially since this is my first year.”

The pep squad will be dressed in a Galileo Powder Puff T-shirt with shorts or sweatpants. They will also wear pink tutus with plenty of pink accessories.

“I enjoy working with the young men in learning cheers and chants for the pep squad,” Riddle said. “They put a lot of time into learning the halftime show. No one should want to miss the halftime performance.”

All funds from the concessions and admission will go to the Danville Cancer Society with items available for purchase including hot dogs, chips, drinks, and candy.

“My favorite thing about our Powder Puff Football Game is that the students, faculty, staff, and parents all coming together to show school spirit while also supporting a great cause, raising money for the Danville Cancer Association,” Riddle said. “This tradition is important and it is good to be able to come together as Falcons to helping our community members fighting this terrible disease.”

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Powder Puff set for Oct. 27