Lifting Spirits After South Carolina Flooding

October 7, 2015  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

The University of South Carolina, located in downtown Columbia, faced a week of tragedy as local bridges and dams gave in, and deeply hilled areas across town collected water, leaving many house completely underwater. Along with other community members, a group of cheerleaders from the University of South Carolina volunteered their time and energy this week to pitch in and give back.

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Bringing Spirit Back to Molokai

October 1, 2015  |  On the Stage  |  No Comments

Cheerleading is back at Molokai High School in Hawaii after a 13-year absence, and the new squad’s members couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity.

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Kidney Disease Unites Teammates

September 16, 2015  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

As most cheerleaders know, having a supportive network of teammates is just as rewarding as pumping up the crowd under the Friday night lights. After all, teammates are often the first in line to provide encouragement, motivation and support in times of need. Two students at Delaware Hayes High School in Ohio have an especially powerful understanding of the importance of having a teammate to cheer you on.

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Another Man’s Treasure

September 10, 2015  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

The last of 17 bins was labeled “knick-knacks.” I had spent the day boxing-up my childhood in preparation for my first “big girl” job. As the bins piled up, my mom condemned my hoarding ways. “Is this garbage?” she asked, flashing a handful of tattered notebook pages and napkin notes in front of me. “NO!” I yelled. “Hand them over. And please be careful.”

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Oregon Rewards Spirit with Kim Hunter Positivity Award

August 19, 2015  |  Famous Cheerleaders  |  No Comments

Cheerleaders have a unique camaraderie that sets them apart from other athletes. To acknowledge that distinctive positive spirit, the Oregon Cheerleading Coaches Association recently added an award to those that are presented at the OSAA Cheerleading State Championship - the Kim Hunter Positivity Award.

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The Sparkle Effect Partners with Cleveland Browns

August 13, 2015  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

The Lakewood High School Rangers in Ohio have a lot to cheer about this season. The varsity cheerleaders recently created the first Sparkle Effect team to receive full sponsorship from a professional sports foundation – The Cleveland Browns!

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Cheerleader Leads Community Project

July 30, 2015  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

Motivation, leadership and a willingness to help others; these qualities not only make a successful cheerleader but an outstanding community ambassador. Jessy Riehle, a junior cheerleader at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, California, proves that.

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Spirited Siblings

July 24, 2015  |  Field Notes  |  No Comments

For siblings Chase and Nikki Worcester, cheerleading is a way of life, and they’re taking their spirit to the next level. Nikki, an incoming freshman at Ohio University, is joining her older brother Chase, a junior, on the sidelines this fall to cheer on the Bobcats.

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Spirit and Safety to Guatemala

July 15, 2015  |  On the Stage  |  No Comments

Kaitlyn Sewell says it all as she introduces herself: “There are two things I love in life – cheerleading and helping people.”

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Cheerleaders Helping Cheerleaders

June 9, 2015  |  For the Love of Competition  |  No Comments

As high school cheerleading teams enter the competitive ranks within their states, they are subjected to categories based on the size of their schools and number/genders of team members. But for two teams in Connecticut, team size, makeup and location don’t matter – they’re sharing space and ideas to support a very special bond.

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