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Community generosity saves the day after Hants County ICE gym floods

WINDSOR – A local cheerleading organization has learned just how generous people can be following a flood that could have put the non-profit group out thousands of dollars. 

The Integrity Cheer Elite (ICE) All Stars gym on Sanford Drive in Windsor flooded Dec. 4. As a result, the group has had to throw out several crash landing and floor mats. (Submitted photo)

The Integrity Cheer Elite (ICE) All Stars gym on Sanford Drive in Windsor flooded Dec. 4.

The flood destroyed crash landing and floor mats that aid in the development of the athletes. Suddenly, the non-profit organization was faced with finding $2,500 to cover an insurance deductible.

“We are needing to replace three cheer floor mats, and two or three crash landing mats,” said Corey Skipper, a spokesperson for Ice All Stars.

Luckily for the ICE All Stars, it’s the season for giving.

“Our ICE family, friends and the local community helped us raise about $3,500 in three days,” said Skipper, who noted that the donations will help with the insurance deductible and cleanup costs.

Skipper estimates that it will cost about $6,000 to $8,000 to restore the side of the gym designated for tumbling and gymnastics work to its original state.

“We worried that the flood would affect us for many weeks, but with the help of the community and borrowed equipment from West Hants Middle School, we were fully operational again within five days,” said Skipper.

Next year marks the start of the ICE All Stars’ fifth season of competitive cheerleading.

The athletes will welcome family and friends to their gym Jan. 16 for the group’s annual showcase.

The showcase will give the local audience at taste of what they can expect to see from the ICE athletes when the local squad hosts Cheer Nova Scotia Club provincials at the end of the season. 

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