Golden Girls Seek Support for First-Time Trip to Nationals

Competitive dance squad hosting July 24 golf tournament to help raise funds

Kearney, Mo., July 7, 2021: Like a whole team lifting one dancer, the Kearney High School Golden Girls are looking for some Bulldog community spirit to help them shine on a bigger stage than ever before.

The KHS Golden Girls Golf Tournament fundraiser will be held on Saturday, July 24, at the Excelsior Springs Golf Course, which is located at 1201 E. Golf Hill Dr. in Excelsior Springs. The tournament was started by Head Coach Samantha Anderson to raise money for the squad to compete at the Dance Team Union National Championships for the first time in school history.

“I am so excited for them to have the opportunity to showcase their talents at a national level while getting the experience of competing against other top teams across the nation,” Coach Anderson said. “We are extremely grateful for our community and all the help and support that has been provided.”

Tournament entry is $400 for a four-person team, and registration is due by July 16. Teams will check-in at 7:30 a.m. and the shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. on July 24. Lunch will be provided following the tournament. Awards will be given for the top three rounds, a putting contest and a closest-to-the-pin contest.

Community members can also support the Golden Girls by purchasing a tournament sponsorship. Those applications are due by July 15.

This year’s Golden Girls squad is already charged up to finally perform in front of crowds again when school starts, Anderson said. The prospect of taking their talents to the national competition to Orlando in February has motivated the 17 team members to work even harder.

“The girls have been working hard learning competition routines, hosting youth camps, and planning our fundraisers for the year,” Coach Anderson said. “We have such a talented group of young ladies with an awesome work ethic. They are so excited to go to nationals that they are willing to take on any project in order to make that happen”

Samantha Anderson

In addition to her Golden Girls coaching responsibilities, Anderson is an academic counselor at Kearney Junior High School. She was the head coach of the competitive dance squad at Liberty North High School for several years and then took some time off to raise her child. She served as the assistant coach at KHS for two years before taking the head coach position.

Like all athletic activities, competitive dance is an important component of the world-class education students receive at KHS. Squad members learn how to harness their determination, hard work and resiliency in every aspect of their lives, Anderson said.

“It requires so much rigor and focus and effort, which translates over to their academic life as well,” Anderson said. “This team has so much talent and spirit. They represent the best of what it means to be a Bulldog.”