Metro businesses step up to fund high school dance teams uniforms

OKLAHOMA CITY - With state education budget cuts, a lot of sports programs have been put on the chopping board.

Since then, districts trying to find any way to save a penny.

One metro high school couldn’t afford uniforms for their dance teams, which are not considered sports.

However, two businesses stepped up to buy the team’s uniforms so they could perform professionally at their first football game of the season Saturday.

"It feels like all eyes on me," Daeja Thomas with the Divine Divas said. "I feel like the whole worlds watching and it just feels great."

Performing is an art to these girls and a confidence booster.

"It gives me the courage to do stuff and it makes me more outspoken," said Thomas.

Due to lack of budget and resources, two dance teams were on the verge of not having professional uniforms to perform in.

Their principal decided to do something about it.

"I want our girls and young man who participates to feel valued and to feel like we want them here and what they do also is important through the arts," said Principal Andrew Pearson.

He posted the school's needs to a web site called "Partners in Action," ran by The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools.

This non-profit supports the needs of the district with the community's help.

"We know that schools can't do it alone so our job is to connect community partners directly with school and what they need," said Mary Melon with The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools.

In this case, two businesses stepped up - Love's Travel Stops and OU Physicians, donating $3,000 for new uniforms.

"That's what we want these young individuals to feel like, that they can conquer the world and do whatever they want to do with their dreams," said Kelli Walsh with OU Physicians.

"When businesses step up, the community thrives," said Ryan Welton with Love's Travel Stops.

This team said their uniforms are classy and they can't wait to show them off at their season football opener, the "Soul Bowl."

The Soul Bowl Classic is Saturday and Douglass High School will take on Millwood at Douglass.

Kickoff is at 1 p.m.