Kiara became interested in trying out for the Hot Topic All-stars cheering team after attending a fundraising step show event sponsored by the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and watching the team perform. When Kiara turned 8-years old, she joined the Hot Topic All-stars cheering team located in Lorton, Virginia. She began at mini level 1 on the Shooting Stars squad. During that same year, Kiara participated in the Little Miss AKA youth enrichment program sponsored by the Lambda Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Educational and Charitable Foundation of LKO. Kiara succeeded in raising over $3000 and consequently won first place while being crowned "Little Miss AKA" in 2009.
All-star cheerleading can be year round venture with periodic breaks in between seasons unless you register for additional trainings and boot camps over the summer. Kiara took advantage of these experiences. She continued her love for competitive cheering throughout the next few years with the Hot Topic All-stars. At the age of 10, Kiara moved up to the Rising stars (youth level 1) and to youth level 2 by the end of the next season. She also cheered on two pilot teams in Hot Topic, Black Ice and Blazing Stars. Then, at age 10 she joined a recreation league for the City of Alexandria called the Patrick Henry Raiders. She participated in an event for breast cancer awareness and provided support in the Kelley Cares 5K Run/Walk dedicated to serving special needs populations in Alexandria, Va.
After cheering with the Hot Topic All-stars for three years from 2[phone redacted], the Hot Topic All-stars merged with the Crimson Heat All-stars located in Forestville, Maryland during the 2012-13 season. At the age of 11, Kiara continued her quest and started her new found journey with the Crimson Heat Wildfire, youth level 3 where there was a greater opportunity to enhance her skills and grow in her passion. Once again Kiara took advantage of the additional summer training tumbling classes and boot camps to move to the next level. During the 2013-14 season Kiara was placed on the Crimson Heat Crossfire, restricted level 5 team.
Kiara has competed locally and nationally; traveling to many different states and cities including, Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and many more. The United States All Star Federation (USASF) is host to The Cheerleading and Dance World Championship annually. More than 120 USASF/IASF member event producers across the U.S. and in over 40 countries around the world qualify top teams at their premier national championships to compete at The Worlds. Kiara’s ultimate goal is to work her way up to Crimson Heat's Level 5 division team, 5-Alarm and compete at the USASF Worlds. She is currently enrolled for the 2014-15 season with Crimson Heat and taking advanced tumbling until the start of boot camp in July.
The cost to train, travel and compete; as well as the uniforms and practice clothes that each cheerleader uses is satisfied through tuition payments submitted by the parents and collective fundraising opportunities offered by the organization. These fees typically range from $3500 - $4000 dependent upon the location of the selected competitive events. My family has committed a significant part of our household budget for this endeavor but we are still in need of assistance. I am reaching out to my community, friends and family for support of our goal to provide this opportunity for my child. I truly believe this opportunity will be instrumental in her growth and development and will provide her with lifelong skills and relationships that will fuel her future success.
There is no amount that is too small. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated and is tax-deductible. I hope that you will support this cause. My family and I thank you in advance.
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