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It all started with a simple goal: Be the first competitive squad. Coach Erika Gilbert set the goal into motion with her squad of 25. The first step was getting her girls on board. This was perhaps the easiest step in the process. Next, it was time to get the support of the parents followed by the Pleasanton USD 344 Board of Education (BOE).
The parents were quick to show their support. The girls were excited and that helped create excitement among the parents. The BOE was a little bit more hesitant. Their concerns were not with talent or ability, but the added costs during a time of impending budget cuts. The girls quickly quelled that concern when they raised over $6,000 in order to attend a UCA camp over the summer in preparation for the upcoming school year and competition.
The BOE sponsored the transportation and registration fees for the competition while the parents purchased new uniforms and made sure the girls had money for food and keepsakes.

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