GCC Cougarettes Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Dance Team Will Appear in Bills Pre-Game Show

Batavia, NY- When the Buffalo Bills host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 1 p.m. the Genesee Community College Cougarettes dance team will be there. Not just to watch the game. The Cougarettes have been invited to perform during the pre-game show at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our team,” said Cougarettes advisor Jennifer Newell, who is the dean of Students at GCC. “It’s a pre-game show for Breast Cancer Awareness, so it’s for an important cause as well.”

The Cougarettes received the invitation from Stephanie Mateczun, Coach of the Buffalo Jills, the Bills cheerleading squad. The Jills invite dance squads with eight or more members to submit their names for consideration. The Cougarettes will perform at approximately 12:45 p.m. Performing teams will wear their own uniforms but are asked to accessorize with pink in support of breast cancer awareness. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The Cougarettes are an award winning dance squad that earned the national title in April at the Eastern Cheer and Dance Beach Bash Nationals held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Five Cougarettes were selected as All American Dancers by All American Cheer and Dance (AACD) and will perform in AACD’s Thanksgiving Day Spectacular as well as the half-time show of the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day game. They include Ashley Principio, Megan DeFisher, Taylor Gayton, Brandi Schmiedicker, and Margarita Colby.

The Cougarettes Dance Team includes; Samantha Sherwin (Syracuse, NY), Olivia Trafalski (Naples, NY) , Taylor Gayton (Oakfield, NY), Brandi Schmiedicker (Pembroke, NY), Mariah Donley (Akron, NY), Annesia Bruno (Baldwinsville, NY), Ashley Aureli (Churchville, NY), Kelly Kruppner (Brockport, NY), Abby Gorton (Oswego, NY) Lilia Kesterle (Fulton, NY), Monica Frost (Liverpool, NY), Kirsten O’Grady (Brockport, NY) Alyssa Wolford (Batavia, NY) and Captain Margarita Colby (Spencerport, NY).

For more information, contact Jennifer Newell at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6314, or via email: jmnewell@genesee.edu.

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Editor’s Note:
A photo of the Cougarettes from the competition in Myrtle Beach is available here: