ABILENE, TX - (KFDA) - Last week's fatal bus crash involving Iraan's cheerleading team hit close to home for some local cheerleaders. They say cheering is more than just a sport, it's a family.
They may not go to the same school or even have the same colors as the Braves -- but dozens of cheer squads from across the state and in our area do have one thing in common, spirit.
Randall High and Tascosa are just a few of the many teams in Abilene Friday night for the Wellington Iraan semi finals football game. They aren't cheering for the Braves to win but rather cheering for support.
"Whenever someone, a school or a group is hurting, we're eager to step in and help and support," said Tascosa teacher and cheer sponsor, Heather Ladd. "I was just really proud of our cheerleaders for wanting to participate."
Last week, a bus carrying Iraan cheerleaders collided with a semi resulting in several injuries and one fatality of their cheer sponsor, Liz Pope. Local squads feel for the team and hope their presence will pump them up following the loss.
"We have a lot of heart for our sponsors and even cheerleaders we don't know," said Tascosa cheerleader, Aryah Steelman. "So, we want to be that leaning shoulder, that family they need to get them through."
Even though The Wellington Skyrockets are hoping to win, they too are showing support. They will presented a cash donation of $3,000 to Iraan. The Wellington band will also give a special presentation during half time of "Amazing Grace' dedicated to Iraan.