Cheerleaders aim to give ‘Stellar’ performance at cancer walk

By KATHY CHANG
Staff Writer

The Stellar All Stars are planning to make strides to cure breast cancer.

Briana Iverson, director of Stellar All Stars, said the North Brunswick-based cheerleading organization often holds fundraisers for the team, but this year its members decided to raise funds for breast cancer research and programs through Susan G. Komen.

The Stellar All Stars will host their first Stellar Goes Pink Walkathon Oct. 19 at North Brunswick Community Park on Route 130. The walkathon consists of three walks, which will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Raffles for prizes from Fun Bows, Handbags Galore and More, Master Peter’s Academy of Martial Arts, New York Jets, Origami Owl Jewelry, Stellar All Stars, Tastefully Simple and Thirty-One Gifts will be held during the walkathon, and business vendors including Master Peter’s Academy of Martial Arts, Origami Owl Jewelry, Thirty-One Gifts, and Zumba & Zumbini will be on hand.

During the day, the girls will operate tumbling and stunt stations where people can donate money.

“Two parents have led the charge in planning the walk: Steve and Lauren DiMinno,” Iverson said. “This cause is geared toward women, and we have a group of young girls. We have a woman that will come and talk to the girls about her struggles and the importance of support and spreading awareness.”

The event is rain or shine. Registration is $10.

Stellar All Stars was founded in 2010 by Iverson and has a certified coaching staff that includes Heather Sivetz, Katlynn Sivetz, Jill Pierson, Sara Simmons and Maria Ducca. Practices are at Iron Crossfit on Ridgewood Avenue in North Brunswick.

The program offers three half-year seasons and one full-year season. Currently, the program has about 40 girls ranging from 8 to 17 years old from all over the surrounding area.

During the 2013-14 competition season, Stellar compiled five second-place awards and four first-place wins.

In February, five Stellar All Stars took part in a jump and tumbling competition. Hailey Nannery, 10, placed first among 15 athletes in the tumbling competition for ages 9 to 12. Corryn Nelson placed first in the jump competition for ages 9 to 12. Zania May placed first in the jump competition for ages 13 to 16.

Next year, the organization intends to launch a Tiny Team for ages 5 and under, as well as a Mini Team for ages 8 and under.

For more information, visit www.stellarallstarsnj.com/ programs/ other- funevents/, call 732-735-9521 or email StellarAllStars@yahoo.com.