The Team Up for St. Jude letter writing campaign spirited by Varsity is in its third year, and the program has already raised over one million dollars for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital! Kingman Academy has been attending UCA camp for years, and participates in community service throughout the school year. This year, their coach, Jill Proudfoot really wanted her team to get into the feeling of doing something for others and make a difference in someone’s life. This team of 18 young ladies decided to Team Up for St. Jude at summer camp, and brought in over Five THOUSAND letters to help raise money for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Q: How did you first hear about the Team Up For St Jude Letter Writing Campaign?
Jill: We first heard about St. Jude’s at one of our cheer camps, and we’ve participated every year since!
Q: What motivated your team to bring so many letters?
Jill: I really wanted our team to get into the feeling of doing for others and truly making a difference. The entire squad jumped on board and it was a success!
Jill: When you think of the cost of running the facility for one day-$1.8 million, who wouldn’t want to help keep this hospital alive and thriving?! You never know when you may find yourself in a situation needing the assistance of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Our team is so fortunate and healthy; yet so many others aren’t and don’t have an opportunity to be cheerleaders, or football players, or athletes in general. Hopefully by teaming up with Varsity, UCA, and St. Jude, our cheerleaders can help to make a difference in the lives of the children who are staying at and will be in need of St. Jude’s Hospital.
Q: How would you encourage others attending camp to participate in this program?
Jill: I truly feel it’s important to all do our part in service. With that being said, this is a very important and much needed program for everyone. This program is not difficult! Grab your church roster! Ask your parents for co-workers addresses! Ask your family, friends, neighbors you know, and community businesses. I’m sure we will all find someone who has a connection with St. Jude! It’s simply filling out a letter…that’s it!
Q: How did the girls find so many addresses?
Jill: Even though Kingman is a small town, the girls reached out to missionaries, churches, businesses, family and friends, co-workers! I’m so proud of their hard work and late nights filling out their letters.
Jill: The girls definitely inquired about participating and asked when they would be getting their letters as they wanted to get jump on it. Little did I realize it was such a priority to them-they would consistently come into my classroom and ask for more letters! During summer practices, they just kept asking. It was then I realized how much this program meant to them. Girls would encourage each other, remind each other, then it almost became competitive! I really am proud of this squad- their hearts are huge!
Q: Does your squad participate in any other fundraisers throughout the year to support St Jude or other causes?
Jill: Yes, we plan on continuing our community service efforts throughout our season. We actually cheered at the Relay for Life cure event in Kingman in May. We walked with cancer survivors during opening ceremonies and did a few routines for the relay participants. This was a pretty important event for us as one of our very own cheerleaders is a cancer survivor and is in remission-we’re so proud of her! We participate in the Walk Away From Drugs event in Kingman also. This year, we plan on volunteering at our local retirement home as well.
We can’t thank Kingman Academy enough for Teaming Up for St. Jude! Remember, bring five addresses to a Varsity Summer Camp, fill out your letters, and you can make a difference in a child’s life! Our goal is to raise 1.8 million dollars, the cost to operate St. Jude for a day. With your help we can do it!