By Johnna Reynolds
All my life, I have been going to football games. My dad was a football coach. You would think that after all that exposure, a bit of football lingo would have seeped into my soul. Wrong! You see, I didn't go to watch the game. I went to watch the cheerleaders and listen to the band!
From a very young age I wanted to be on the sidelines cheering for my team. I got to do just that! I loved every minute! So, I may not know exactly what's going on in the game, (feel free to ask about football according to me, anytime), but I do know what type of cheer to do!
Some think that cheerleading isn't a sport, while others will strongly disagree that it is. My opinion is that Cheerleading is a sport. Cheerleaders train for this sometimes their whole lives. It takes quite a lot of training and practice to do back handsprings and flips! There are lots of squads that not only lift weights for stunting purposes, but they run to keep up their endurance. Try dancing, jumping, stunting, and cheering for four quarters plus, a halftime dance!
Cheerleaders work hard most of the year, there is hardly any down time. . They start before two-a-days painting signs for the locker rooms, painting signs for the halls at school, planning pep rallies, planning mini cheer camps. Every week they practice their cheers to make sure they are perfect! During the pep rally and the game, they work hard to keep the fans fired up and cheering for their team!
This year, I want to recognize cheerleaders! They work extremely hard. So, I am looking for the squad that is full of pep and keeps their fans yelling for their team and keeps the players motivated!
Each week, I will go to a game and meet as many squads and sponsors as possible. Look for my article, the Go, Fight, Win Report. If you would like me to visit you, give me a shout! Hopefully, I'll be giving you the Golden Spirit Stick at the end of the season! Then, I'll start over for basketball season!
Let's hear it not only for the boys, but for the cheerleaders who back the boys of fall!