Sparkle on the Sidelines

July 21, 2014  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

All cheerleaders shine on the sidelines, but one school is taking their shine to the next level. Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Ohio is implementing a new cheerleading team, which will include students with disabilities. The squad will be student-run as part of the Sparkle Effect, an innovative program that helps students across the country create inclusive school cheerleading teams, bringing together students with and without disabilities.

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Cheer Unity Earns Gold

July 11, 2014  |  On the Stage  |  No Comments

When Eliana Betzios of Greenwich, CT began working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award—Girl Scouting’s highest honor—she found a way to unite members of the Greenwich Youth Cheerleading Association’s five youth squads.

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A New Meaning of “All Star”

July 7, 2014  |  Cheers for Charity  |  1 Comment

Eleven-year-old Rose Rodemann is in her second year of all star cheerleading with Step One Allstars in Columbus, Ohio. But what Rose did last month made her a true all star, far beyond the scope of cheerleading.

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Land of the Free

June 27, 2014  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

Get out your red, white and blue and proudly wave that star spangled banner because it’s America’s birthday! With barbecues to attend, parades to watch and fireworks to enjoy, let us not forget the brave soldiers, past and present, who have fought for our country. The USA would not be what it is today without its band of cheerleaders and citizens, encouraging and believing in its 238 year journey.

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America Needs Cheerleaders to Team Up for St. Jude!

June 19, 2014  |  Cheers for Charity  |  2 Comments

Summer is under way, which means that the fourth year of the Team Up for St.Jude Letter Writing campaign is in full swing! Over 300,000 cheerleaders and dancers attending Varsity Summer camp are invited to bring five addresses to fill out donation letters at camp. Once you turn them in at camp, St. Jude will mail them and take care of the rest!

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Tori’s Tween Closet

June 17, 2014  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  1 Comment

When many people hear the word cheerleader, they think of the girls on the sidelines of football games, waving poms and yelling for their team. One member of the Celina Bobcat varsity cheer squad, however, puts more emphasis on the word leader. Victoria Baudendistel created the idea of “Tori’s Tween Closet” in August 2012. She wanted a place for orphaned or foster kids in her community to find clothing.

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Cancer Still Can’t Do Backflips

June 11, 2014  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

Last year, Katie Baden, an alumni cheerleader from the University of South Carolina, was diagnosed with Leukemia. She immediately took on the motto "Cancer can’t do backflips, but Katie can!"

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From Cheer to Career

June 5, 2014  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

Writer and documentary producer Terri Marie has translated her high school passion for cheerleading into a career spent inspiring others.

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Sibling Love Runs Deep

May 27, 2014  |  For the Love of Competition  |  1 Comment

Kameron and Kaleigh Addison are alike in many ways. They are siblings, just two years apart, who both have developed a passion for cheerleading. They differ, however, in the fact that 11-year-old Kameron has been diagnosed with Autism.

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Eyes on Us

May 22, 2014  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

With young eyes upon us, we as teens, adults and elders, must be attentive to how we act and speak - especially cheerleaders. Whether we are walking the halls, sitting in class or cheering at games, we should hold ourselves to a high standard. The Masuk High School cheerleading team of Monroe, Connecticut, is a great example of cheerleaders acting as superior role models within their community.

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