The Loris Parks and Recreation Department has officially kicked off practices for soccer, football and cheerleading squads for the 2016 season.

The city will be home to seven soccer teams in four age divisions, four football teams in three age divisions and 33 young ladies who will cheer on the city’s football team’s sidelines.

The cheerleading squads, led by Kenya Wright, on Saturday, Sept. 10 participated in a free Cheer Camp sponsored by the Loris High School varsity cheerleading squad. It was held at the Loris Recreation Complex from 9 -11 a.m.

Four of the seven soccer teams are in the 5-7 year old age group with team coaches Kamisha Govan, Charlie Todd, Aaron Sarvis and Jimmy Ridges.

Pilar Davin will lead the 8-10 year-old team while Enoc Medina will head the 11-12 year-old team. The 13-15- year-old team is coached by George Sherman.

On the football gridiron, the youngest group to hit the field will be the 7-8 year-olds, coached by Timmy Davis.

Chris Tyler and Kevin Gause will lead the two 9-10 year-old football teams while Jimmy Anderson will coach the 11-12-year-old division this season.

Sponsorship of children’s sports is vital to keep sign-up fees minimal. Those fees cover insurance and officials’ costs.

“We started with about six sponsors right off the bat with just a phone call or two, and thanks to Loris citizen Ricky Dew, were able to find sponsors for all our fall teams this year,” said LP&R assistant director Joshua Singleton.

“We really appreciate our local businesses for stepping up and making sure our kids have all they need to be safe and successful as they represent our city and themselves in a fun environment.”

Sponsors include Santee Cooper, Dew's Sugar Shack, Anderson Brother's Bank, Shorty's Grill, Seashore Pediatrics Wendy's, HTC, W.F. Cox Co., Blanton Builder’s Supply, Powers Pharmacy, Rhonda Alford of Tax Savvy LLC, Loris Drug Store and Graham Bros. Farm Supply.

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