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Villa active in Sun City Poms

Club celebrates 45 years with March event

Posted 2/17/24

Kathy Villa was first introduced to the Sun City Poms on New Year’s Eve, 1983, during a performance in Tempe. She was amazed by their grace and fun-loving attitudes. Now a Pom herself, people …

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Villa active in Sun City Poms

Club celebrates 45 years with March event

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Kathy Villa was first introduced to the Sun City Poms on New Year’s Eve, 1983, during a performance in Tempe. She was amazed by their grace and fun-loving attitudes. Now a Pom herself, people can see Villa and the other ladies perform march and dance during their 45th anniversary event 1:30 p.m. in the Sundial Recreation Center mall at 14801 N. 103rd Ave. March 23.

The Sun City Poms began in 1979 as a cheerleading group for the Sun City Saints women’s softball team. Since that time, the group has evolved from cheerleading into its current structure, which includes marching and performing units. The Sun City Poms are highly energetic performers who demonstrate the organization’s dance standards at more than 50 events each year at parades, care centers and other locations. They have been featured in local, national and international television and publications, said Marcy Heiman, a Poms spokesperson.

Villa was reintroduced to the Poms in 1990 after moving to the West Valley and working as a window clerk at the Youngtown Post Office. Some of the ladies would often come in and she would take the opportunity to talk to them.

“I said I want to be you when I grow up,” Villa said. “They always talked about how much fun it was.”

Not yet old enough to join or a resident of Sun City, Villa made it a possibility when her family moved to Sun City in 2004. However, she was still working and it wasn’t until she retired in January 2013 that she had the time. She joined in February of that year at the age of 56.

“I still remember the very first day that was my brain was very active. It had really engaged,” she said.

Everyone joins the Poms for individual reasons, Villa said, but one aspect they all share is a desire to stay active, both mentally and physically. The often say age does not close doors, it opens new doors. The 34 Poms members range in age from 62 to 91 and share a “bond and a love of performing.”

For more information on the Poms, visit suncitypoms.org.