Mid-Coast cheerleading revving up for garage-sale fundraiser

Yard and garage sale enthusiasts can shop and support local students at the upcoming garage sale to benefit Mid-Coast Competitive Cheerleading teams.

Any community members interested in selling at the sale can reserve space for $15 at the gym Selbyville. The $15 donation will benefit the athletes, as well. To accommodate all schedules, the garage sale fundraiser will operate from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

Local shoppers can anticipate good buys, organizers said. A leading property management agency donated a large supply of furniture for the gym to sell, besides the other available items.

The Coasters is a parent-based nonprofit group that fundraises year-round for the teams. They will also host a bake sale and sell hotdogs, soda and water.

The Mid-Coast competitive cheerleading teams are growing in number and success. They recently sent all three teams of 38 girls to the U.S. Finals in Virginia Beach, Va.

“[Cheerleading] is such a character-building team sport that I think allows girls and boys … a sense of pride,” said Coasters President Debbie Wayland.

Ellen Abbot said cheerleading has given her shy daughter a lot of confidence, especially when performing before hundreds of people.

“I’ve seen such a change in her demeanor and self-esteem,” Abbot said.

However, between uniforms, competitions, travel expenses, equipment and gym costs, cheerleading is a pricey sport.

“It’s hard for any normal family – 90 percent couldn’t do it,” said Wayland of what might happen without financial assistance. “We’re trying to make it possible for any family to participate.”

The Coasters are planning a number of summer fundraisers, including family bingo and Bethany bake sales, to defray operating costs. Donations to the organization are tax deductible.

“We’re always looking for business supporters who are looking to become star contributors to our team,” said Whalen.

The garage sale will be held at Mid-Coast Cheer Gym on 11 Mason Drive, in the Selbyville Industrial Park, near the Delaware state line at Route 113.

Abbot said about a dozen people have reserved space, but there is plenty of space available, and they are eagerly welcoming more participants. Tables and chairs will not be provided.

For more information or to register for space, contact Ellen at (410) 251-0143 or Christine at (302) 841-8884.