Butler Cheers helps Fight Cancer (By: Emma Simpson)

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You may think that all Butler Cheerleaders do is stand on the sideline posing at football and basketball games and cheer the Bears on. That could not be further from the truth. The Butler Cheerleaders are regularly helping out in the community at events and teaching youths on the basics of cheerleading.

On a Saturday morning in September 27 members of the regional champion Butler Cheerleaders travelled all the way out to Norton Brownsboro Hospital to help with the Bike to Beat Cancer Race, sponsored by Norton Healthcare.  This yearly event consists of a bike ride that can range from 15 to 100 miles or a virtual spin ride where bikers spend an hour or more on stationary bikes. Riders solicited donations, per mile of their ride, and 100% of funds raised go directly to support our mission of curing cancer and eliminating suffering. This year over $500,000 dollars were raised for cancer research.

The Butler cheer squad did what they do best: they cheered on riders throughout the day and helped with refreshments. When a rider was tiring or reaching the end of their run, our Cheerleaders would be right there to inspire them to dig deeper and finish strong.

When asked what the cheerleaders enjoyed most about this even, sophomore cheerleader, Alissa Snyder said that, “I really enjoy seeing everyone and cheering on all of the survivors.”

This is one of the many community activities that these student-athletes participate in outside their regular sideline duties. They also recently hosted a kids cheer camp for over 80 young aspiring Bear cheerleaders. This is just another example of how Butler students are not only part of the Butler community, but the larger city of Louisville as a whole.

Cheer posing with some of the cyclist. Picture taken By: Missy Pfister