Coach Spotlight: Youth Cheerleading Coach, Michelle Bluitt
Michelle Bluitt’s experience with cheerleading has been one of family. She started coaching her daughters, Maya and Makenna, four years ago. Her passion for spirit and her involvement in cheerleading quickly grew. Read more from our interview with Coach Michelle.
Q: How are you currently involved with cheerleading?
A: I coach a 5th grade squad and I am the Area Director for Shawnee Mission West on the FCCJC Cheer Board and the 2012 Sportsmanship Officer for the club.
Q: Why do you coach?
A: Initially I coached because I wanted to connect with my daughters in their sport of choice. I didn’t expect it to be so rewarding, but being able to interact with so many young ladies in the program has been wonderful. Many affectionately call me Momma Bluitt. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to have a positive influence on these girl’s lives. I have watched many grow in skill, in personality and in maturity, and I’m proud to know them and, in my own way, to have contributed to their success.
Q: What are some of your team’s most exciting accomplishments?
A: My 5th graders have won the annual Cheer & Dance Competition, in both the Cheer and Dance categories, for the last 4 years in a row. My daughter Maya has choreographed all of our routines. Between her creativity and my squad’s desire and dedication to be successful, we have been fortunate to dominate the event.
Q: What do your uniforms and camp wear mean to you?
A: One of the core values I work to encourage is pride in yourself and carrying yourself with poise. Our uniforms are sharp and they tell people we mean business. We also thought it would be fun to treat the girls to camp wear because it was an inexpensive way to promote their bonding and identity as a squad. We talk about them as a group and encourage them to think beyond themselves, the uniform and matching camp wear reinforce that.
Q: How has GTM Sportswear impacted your role as a coach?
A: Not only does GTM have great selection, styles and value – I can be confident that all the colors will match which is a big deal. That means I don’t have to shop around. I can get uniforms, poms, practice wear, spanks, bodysuits and even shoes and bows from GTM. That is a time-saver for me – which is important considering I am a volunteer who also has a full-time job and 6 active kids.
The other thing I value is that my GTM Sales Rep, Rhonda Wright, is amazing. She is very responsive and has always made me feel like she values my business. That is important when you are the decision maker for 150+ uniforms a year.
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