Our football players and cheerleaders headed to school a full week before classes began in preparation for the upcoming sports season. Our Mustangs begin early in order to hone their skills ahead of the impending season.
Every year, the cheer leaders use their early start to participate in Cheer Camp, a four-day collaboration between our cheerleading team and returning cheer consultant Michael Perez, owner of Forever Xclusive. Coach Dawn Grespan was a key contributor in organizing the logistics of camp, bringing Michael back to ASIJ for his 4th year working with our team. Michael, along with Nahdya Weathers and Wesley Rapier, helped kicked off the 2017 season with the intensive and highly successful camp and 31 participating cheerleaders.
The cheerleading team always looks forward to the challenging and exciting experience. Adding to the excitement, this is the first year that cheer will be bridging the gap between varsity and junior varsity, an idea sparked during camp when the visiting coaches randomly cross-paired the cheerleaders.
With the help of their new coaches, Brielle Procko (varsity) and Julie Westmoreland (junior varsity), and returning coach Dawn Grespan, as well as the guidance of the consulting experts, our cheerleading team works hard to create a positive foundation for the Mustang cheer year.
New head coach Roy Tomlinson led the ASIJ football team out to the field early in this year inpreparation for a busy season. Stepping up as head coach, Roy has been the assistant varsity coach from the 2013 season and brings additional experience from his days playing football at West Point. With the support of Roy, junior varsity coach Brian Mutschler and assistant coaches Timmy Jacobsson, Beau Williams and Jeff O’Brien, our players have been hard at work training. As DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity) Division I defending champions for the first time ever, this will be a challenging season.
Our first home game of the season is this Saturday, Sep 16 with Kadena visiting from Okinawa. On Saturday, Sep 30 we host Seoul American High School as they go up against our varsity team for Spirit Day and on Friday, Oct 20 we host Singapore American School for the first time in nearly a decade.