Lincoln Academy senior cheerleader Michaela LaCrosse is the first LA cheer athlete to be selected for the all-star cheer squad for the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic, a summer football game that will take place on July 15, 2023 at Lewiston High School.

Lincoln Academy senior cheerleader Michaela LaCrosse was selected to cheer at the 2023 Lobster Bowl, which will be held on July 15 at Lewiston High School.

According to the Maine Shriners website website, “the annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic is the premier high school athletic event in the State of Maine. Over 140 All-Star football players and cheerleaders from over 60 high school programs across Maine are nominated as high school seniors and selected by the Maine Football Coaches Association to participate in this prestigious event. Since 1990, athlete fundraising missions have provided Shriner’s Children’s with net proceed donations on behalf of the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic of nearly $750,000.00.”

LaCrosse will train with athletes from around the state as they prepare to cheer at the all-star football game. This year’s game will invite 91 football players and 40 cheerleaders from across Maine. The teams will be divided into eastern and western Maine, based on the location of each athlete’s high school.

Shriners Hospitals provide free care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft palates, and other health conditions. All Athletes chosen for the Lobster Bowl Classes are required to fundraise a minimum of $500 to benefit the Shriners. The athletes will be given full information on fundraising ideas and opportunities when they meet on April 2 with the event coordinators and coaches for the first time.

LaCrosse does not know exactly how she will raise the money, but “when we meet in April I will figure out a plan,” she said.

Lacrosse plans to major in biology and minor in Dance at a four year college. While she has not yet decided where she will attend, she has a number of acceptances to choose between, including the University of Southern Maine, Suffolk University, and the University of New England. Depending on where she ends up, she may decide to continue cheering in college.

Lacrosse is the first LA cheerleader to be selected for the Lobster Bowl Classic, according to Lincoln Academy cheer coach Danielle Feltis. “Michaela will attend training camp for five days at Central Maine Community College, where she will meet the other cheerleaders who were selected to participate in this event,” Feltis explained. “During this training camp cheerleaders will learn sideline routines and a full halftime routine all in just a few days.”

“I’m looking forward to meeting new people and the opportunity to be part of this event, since it is such a honor,” said LaCrosse. “I’m just excited for the experience.”