Academir Charter School Middle and AcadeMir Preparatory Academy, along with the other AcadeMir schools, took part in the Court of Dreams event took place at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Feb. 4, 2017.
Students from the schools participated to demonstrate their skills and passion for the sport, while coaches and teachers were there to support.
“The Court of Dreams event was something that Director Williams and I came up with as a way to raise funds for our school. It was also a opportunity for students, friends and family to experience what it is like to play on a professional basketball court,” Coach Andrews stated before the game.
“It’s … fun competing each other we’ve known each other for a long time.It’s … fun being competitive and going against my friends like a professional” Grade 7 student and blue team member Derek Acuna said.
The halftime show included cheerleading and dance performances from ACSM and APA. The cheerleaders also cheered for each basketball team as they played on the court.
“At first it was kind of nerve wrecking but in the end, it was an exciting and a once-in-a-life time experience.” Grade 7 student and Mirettes dance team member Melany Torres said. “The whole event in general was fun to watch.”
The players, cheerleaders and dancers seemed extremely excited and happy to show how hard they had worked to get to have such a good game as the one they had.
AcadeMir Charter School Middle and AcadeMir Preparatory Academy recently has held tryouts for girls interested in becoming a cheerleader. Tryouts took place after school and featured girls, from Kindergarten through Grade 8.
Girls came prepared with their own choreography, but also performed a routine prepared by Coach Sabrina. Those who tried out had to do different cheers and jumps and were judged by their form, flexibility, and how they performed.
“I’m glad that this year AcadeMir decided to create a cheerleading team,” said Grade 6 student and team member Bryanna Diaz. “I’m glad that this could happen because cheerleading is my favorite hobby.”
When news came out that the school had decided to form a cheerleading team for the first time, many girls were excited to participate in the tryouts.
“I’m very excited that I got the chance to be in cheerleading since last year I didn’t get the chance because there really wasn’t one,” said Grade 7 student and team member Melany Torres. “I also felt happy because I could be on the cheerleading team and express myself and have fun at the same time while fulfilling one of my many dreams.
“I also love Coach Sabrina, she is super nice and a really fun coach.”
Cheerleaders have completed their first event, which was a performance at the AcadeMir Winter Show in December. The routine the team performs on incorporates hip-hop and fast-song movements. Team members practice at least twice a week for 90 minutes, with additional work being done at home.