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Football players and cheerleaders give back to the community at Sterling’s Market

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Jonathan Eades
Cheerleaders hand out beads at Sterling Market.

Just two days after strong performances in a 54-14 victory over the Little Cypress-Mauriceville, the football and cheerleading teams went to Sterling Market to give back.

Mr. Nathan Larned and Ms. Jessica Hawkes, the football and cheerleading coaches respectively, invited their athletes to run booths at the market as part of an annual tradition. Over 40 members of the two teams attended the event. 

“It’s just an all-around great event,” coach Larned said. “Great for the community, great for the local vendors, and a great honor to have our team invited each year to celebrate Sterling and the legacy he left. The Reckling Family as a whole have always been such great supporters of Kinkaid and have organized our participation in the Sterling Market.”

The cheerleaders painted attendees’ faces and arms, while the football team got soaked in a dunk tank. The two teams often mixed with each other, with the cheerleaders stepping in the dunk tanks and the football team being painted from head to toe. 

 Students also enjoyed walking around the market. There were plenty of booths with different kinds of foods and goods for sale. 

“It was amazing and so much fun to see so many of my teammates and classmates bond together and spend time on an early Saturday morning,” said junior and first-year player Matthew Berman.

A video of Berman getting dunked is featured on Coach Larned’s X account and has garnered 1559 views.

“The cheerleaders and I had a ton of fun interacting with the community,” said junior Bennett Bowman, a member of the cheerleading team. “It was especially funny to see cheerleaders and football players getting dunked.”

Coach Larned planned to return to the event with his family after the football and cheer team finished their volunteer work. 

The event was a positive way for team members to bond and socialize while not focusing too much on the season.

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