The non-profit cheerleading organization CHEER Up and Cathedral of Praise Church in Albany are teaming up to show grandparents a good time and to give parents some time to themselves.
The Grandparents Ball will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at Cathedral of Praise, 714 W. Broad Ave., in the gymnasium.
Some of the funds raised from the event will help buy mats for CHEER UP, which is an acronym for Children Having Energy and Enthusiasm While Rejuvenating Unique Potential; the remainder of the proceeds will help pay for Cathedral of Praise projects.
Event organizer Tamika Bell, a CHEER UP co-founder (along with Littla Hayslip), says the first-time event is a take-off on daddy-daughter and mother-son dances that organizations and churches hold.
“It provides times for grandchildren and grand parents a bond, like a family social,” she said. “At the same time, it gives parents three hours to go off by themselves and do something.”
Bell said that most of the CHEER UP participants are not able to participate on traditional cheerleading squads. No children are turned away; everyone makes the team, she said.
“CHEER UP boosts their self-esteems. Most of these young children are struggling right now,” Bell said. “The mats are needed for the safety of the girls. Right now they are practicing on a hard floor.”
To attend the ball, support CHEER UP, or for more information, call Bell at (229) 894-5471.