City of Gainesville Pop Warner Cheerleaders Win Again at Regional Championships!


On Nov. 29, the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department’s (PRCA) Pop Warner Cheerleading squads, the Gator Midgets placed first in the Regional Championships in Orlando, Florida. This is the second year a squad from the City of Gainesville has taken the regional title!

The squad will advance to the Pop Warner National Cheerleading Championship that will be held on Friday, Dec. 8-13, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex ™. Last year, the Gator Jr. Midget division squad placed fifth at the competition. A schedule will be posted at as the event approaches.

“I would like to congratulate talented girls and the wonderful coaching staff for their hard work, time and dedication put into the numerous hours of practice to create an award winning routine,” said Michelle Weydert, program coordinator for athletics.

The squad roster is as follows:

Gator Midget Division

Beverly Perry, Head Coach
Lauren Harris, Assistant Coach
Katlynn Ford, Coach Trainee
Rosalee Alston-Rivers, Team Mom
Cheerleaders: Leonika Alston, Keazia Bass, Alanna Cotman, Kira Johnson, Zaniya Littles, Za’lanya Thomas

Additionally, the Pop Warner Jr. Midget Football team took second place in the Division III Regional Championships. The hard work of the athletes and coaches will be honored at a banquet later in December.

Official team photos are available for download here:  

For information, please contact Michelle Weydert, LGIT, CPO, AFO, program coordinator for athletics, at 352-359-5078 or email