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Charlotte Checkmates

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Part two of my Carolina road trip involved a return Time Warner Cable Arena for the Charlotte Checkers Pink the Rink night. (As you can see the Checkmates were decked out in pink.) It was part of an effort to raise money and awareness in the fight against Breast Cancer.

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First a stop by the Checkmates locker room.

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And just why does she had a golf club? We’ll find out later.

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On the concourse handing out game programs.

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Part of the “Pink in the Rink” activites included has 6 breast cancer survivors dance with the Checkmates during the 1st intermission.

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Rehearsing in the tunnel.

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Dance performance.

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But what about that golf club? It was all part of a Checkmates fashion show held during the second intermission.

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Next season the Checkers will move up from the ECHL to the AHL and start an affiliation with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Checkers will still be a part of the team, but new uniforms are in order as the teams colors will change to red and black.

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Sheena Geiger: Dancing Her Way to Japan

From DavidsonNews.net

At Davidson Day, she is known as “Madame Geiger” and is one of two French teachers for the school.In two weeks, though, Sheena Geiger of Davidson will set aside her classroom work to fly to Japan and join a team of performers marking the 40th anniversary of the Osaka World Expo.

She will be part of a group organized by World Campus International, a Tokyo-based nonprofit that encourages intercultural exchanges.

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Sheena Geiger at her desk in one of the French classrooms at Davidson Day

“Learning about other cultures, that’s my passion,” Sheena said. “I love learning languages and meeting people from around the world and traveling.”

Raised in Nova Scotia, Sheena said she grew up speaking Gaelic and step-dancing in the Scottish style. Her booth at the 40th Anniversary World Expo event will offer information about Canada. She will be able to both sing and dance at the closing ceremonies.

Performing in front of large crowds is nothing new to Sheena. Before coming to Davidson Day, she represented Canada in the professional performing group, Up With People, and spent last summer in Denver helping them choreograph their current world tour show. Now that she is based in Davidson, Sheena continues her interest in dance as a CheckMate, a cheerleader for the Charlotte Checkers.

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Sheena Geiger is also a cheerleader for the Charlotte Checkers. Here’s a photo of her singing the Canadian National Anthem at a recent Checkers game.

The Osaka events will take place from March 10-16, and the trip will cost $2,500. Sheena is seeking sponsorships, and hopes to offer presentations about Japan when she returns. You can contact her by email (sgeiger@davidsonday.org).

Besides the thrill of the performances, which will have to be pulled together quickly according to a rigorous schedule, the World Campus International group will be offered opportunities to learn more about their host country.

“They’ll be matching us with families and giving us language lessons,” she said. “I’m so excited!”

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A Sunday of Charlotte Cheerleaders

Carolina Correspondent Rick reports:

This past Sunday in the Queen City was full of sun and 76 degrees. It was a beautiful day for a Panthers game (and a Checkers game later that afternoon). It brought out the TopCats, LadyCats and Checkmates! All that star power helped the Panthers defeat the rival Falcons.

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Checkmates Amoura and Jenny

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TopCats Kelli, Lisa, Dana and T’fanni

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Checkmates Julie and Sheena with a friend

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Lady Cats Stephanie and Jessica

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TopCats Megan and Ava

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Checkmates Amber, Sarah and Kristi

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TopCats Michelle and Stacey

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The Charlotte CheckMates for 2009-10 Have Been Chosen!

Here’s your first look at the 2009-10 ECHL Charlotte Checkmates:

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There are 20 ladies on this year’s squad who will cheer on the Checkers hockey team at Time-Warner Arena beginning in October.

A couple of photos from auditions:

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On a related note, Checkmates and LadyCats Director Brandii McCoy tells us she had her baby last Friday! (08/07/09).

Her little future pro cheerleader decided that the best time to
come was one week AFTER LadyCats tryouts and one week BEFORE CheckMates. She sandwiched herself right smack in the middle of Brandii’s two biggest days of the summer.

Congratulations Brandii and Congratulations CheckMates!

P-R-O: Sheena of the Arctic

250px-nunavut_canadasvgSheena used to work in a French daycare center in Iqaluit, the capital of Canada’s newest and northernmost territory. One of the more unusual problems that she would encounter was having to keep the children inside because polar bears were roaming around outside. That’s just one stop on the wild (and romantic journey) that brought Sheena to the ice of Charlotte’s Time-Warner Arena as a member of the ECHL Charlotte Checkmates.

Sheena grew up in Canada’s Nova Scotia province and graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with degrees in French, Biology and Education.

She did an internship in the Bahamas working with dolphins, traveled to the frozen Arctic for the aforementioned daycare position, and worked at Sea World in Orlando as a Marine Information officer.

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During her last week in Orlando, she was working the beluga whales exhibit, when a father and young daughter stopped to ask some questions. After an hour Sheena rotated to the polar bear exhibit and ran into the same father and daughter. This continued throughout the day with Sheena answering all their questions. At the end of the day he gave Sheena his card.

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On her way back home, Sheena was flying out of Orlando and had two layover choices: Atlanta or Charlotte. She chose Charlotte and they met for coffee during her layover. She did the long distance relationship thing for about a year, then moved to Charlotte, got married, and now they’re one happy family.

Sheena now teaches middle school and high school French. And while she loves Charlotte, one day she was homesick for Canada. So she went to a Charlotte Checkers hockey game, where she saw the Checkers Dance Team, The Checkmates. Since she was young she had always enjoyed dancing and performing. So she talked to Director Brandii McCoy and learned more about the organization, attended a prep class and made the team this past August.

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Checkmates Auditions are Saturday, August 15th.