Said one girl of the demonstration, ”They’re all going to feel it right in their hearts.”
Dozens of cheerleading squads in Texas are turning their talents and efforts towards supporting a rival school following a tragic bus accident on last Friday.
Hours after a big win for the Braves, hailing from a small Texas town of Iraan, a bus carrying the team’s cheerleaders and sponsors was hit by another car, killing their coach and injuring seven other passengers.
In a strange bit of happenstance, The New York Times had traveled to Iraan to cover the night’s game as part of a sports feature:
Heartbreaking: the @nytimes traveled to Iraan to cover the football dominance, ended up covering a tragedy. https://t.co/VKzx5eKhzL #txhsfb— Greg Tepper (@Greg Tepper) 1480956967.0
Students not just at Iraan, but throughout the state were devastated by the news, and quickly banded together for a coordinated show of support for those affected.
Said Victoria Limon, a cheerleader at Sam Houston High School said, "When my coach told me about it, I was really heartbroken. I can’t imagine that happening to any of my teammates or having my coach pass away like that."
Thousands of other students share the sentiment, and they’ve organized to exhibit their sympathy and solidarity in magnificent fashion.
On Friday, Iraan will have the bittersweet experience of competing in its first playoff game since the accident. It’s expected that over 500 cheerleaders from other schools and thousands others will turn out to cheer on the team and those grieving.
Lubbock-Cooper Pirates #BackTheBraves #PrayForIraan @806hssc https://t.co/CHiLARUvVZ— Bridget Soltero (@Bridget Soltero) 1481080295.0
Sending our support to #IraanCheerleaders #WeBackTheBraves https://t.co/OeYzXdTfoY— Kayci K Smith (@Kayci K Smith) 1481047720.0
Rockdale High School showed their support this afternoon for those who were affected by the Iraan-Sheffield High... https://t.co/XtFhwFkAa7— Rockdale HS (@Rockdale HS) 1481058384.0
We support the Iraan Braves! #ucafamily #PrayForIraan https://t.co/WQVwyxvSn1— Panther Cheer (@Panther Cheer) 1480980806.0
While the accident is still fresh in the mind of many parents and students at Iraan, this Friday night they’ll have most every high schooler in Texas cheering them on to victory.