The pandemic has been difficult for the San Pablo Cowboys Youth Association, which saw reduced participation from both players and coaches in its football and cheer programs. But what the pandemic couldn’t take from the program was the hard work and grit of it members.
That was proven at the American Youth Football & Cheer National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla., where 15 girls participating on three San Pablo Cowboys cheer teams placed in the top three in a competition featuring over 220 cheer teams nationwide.
The Cowboys’ Division 10 team, which includes girls ages 7 to 10 — finished as 2021 National Champions in the step competition and second in the overall competition. Two Cowboys Division 12 teams, featuring girls ages 9 to 12, finished second and third, respectively.
Athletic Director Andre Williams credits Cheer Director Michon Gibson, Cheer Coordinator Brandy Marshall and President Denise Wallace for “working countless hours” getting the girls to the national championship. The program fundraised to send the cheer teams to Florida, and it paid off.
But the competition isn’t over. Currently, the Cowboys’ 8U cheer team is preparing for Nationals in Las Vegas next week.
“Let’s wish them good luck,” Williams said.
Williams says the San Pablo Cowboys are currently searching for coaches. Those interested in giving it a shot can call Williams for screening at (510) 978-6876.