Take Your Pep Rally to the Next Level

April 17, 2014  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

Pep rallies are a terrific way to get your school pumped up for the biggest games of the season. They’re an even better way for you to get your school involved and active in your community. Here are some tips to build up the anticipation leading up to your big pep rally so that you can give back and spread some spirit at the same time!

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Team USA Day 1: Let the Training Begin

April 15, 2014  |  For the Love of Competition  |  No Comments

Hello readers! My name is Sam Smith and this is my second year on Team USA’s All Girl team. I still can’t believe I was chosen to represent the United States and my sport at the 2014 ICU World Cheerleading Championships! It’s going to be a tough journey from now until we hit that floor in Disney’s HP Field House, but it will be worth it!

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A Dream Come True

March 31, 2014  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

Many cheerleaders take for granted their first experience cheering. But for one young girl, her dream of becoming a cheerleader became a reality during the Virginia Commonwealth men’s basketball game, and it was an experience she will never forget.

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Spreading Spirit, Spreading Warmth

March 26, 2014  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

An Ohio middle school cheer team isn't letting the long winter put a chill on its spirit, or its sense of community. The Orville Middle School squad recently put its crafting skills to good use, making 22 fleece tie blankets to donate to area charities. In keeping with school spirit, they chose fabrics in school colors.

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Cheering for Breanna

March 25, 2014  |  Cheers for Charity  |  2 Comments

Eleven year-old Breanna was a talented All Star cheerleader and was excited to make her middle school team last year. Last summer, Breanna attended UCA camp with her team at LSU but felt sick. Before camp ended, Breanna was at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee being treated for Leukemia. Read More

Three Cheers for Mercer Island High School

March 24, 2014  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

The opportunity to perform is exhilarating. Whether it be at a pep rally, competition or sporting event, cheerleading means putting yourself out there in the best way possible. Through The Sparkle Effect, students with disabilities can enjoy the same thrill of the spotlight! Mercer Island’s varsity cheerleaders have joined forces with four special needs students to form their very own Sparkle Squad, and its impact on the cheerleaders and school has been amazing. It is the 100th squad formed through The Sparkle Effect since the foundation started in 2008.

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Cheerleader Selected to Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program

March 17, 2014  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

Wiley College cheerleader Ja'Keisha Haynes was one of 13 student-athletes chosen to participate in the 2014 Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program this summer. Currently in its seventh year, the initiative serves to inspire, motivate and create a new and diverse generation of American Red Cross volunteers and leaders through exemplifying the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program.

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Erica’s Determined Spirit

March 11, 2014  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

I remember like it was yesterday. It was my senior year of tryouts at Clemson University, and the freshmen talent had me excited for the upcoming season. One girl stood out among the rest – she had beautiful tumbling and was very athletic. When the final squad was announced, I was so happy to have made the team and was excited to see that this incredible tumbler would also be joining me on the sidelines cheering for the Tigers. Erica Powell quickly became an asset to our team.

You see, Erica made the team and performed every skill with ease, despite being legally blind. Read More

Maddie’s Mission

Starstruck, the Junior Level 4 team from East Celebrity Elite received a high honor this year – a bid to the 2014 inaugural Summit, Varsity All Star’s All Levels National Championship. Even at the top of their game as they are preparing for their Summit performance, this Large Junior Level 4 team can think of only one thing – their teammate, Madison Boone.

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More Than the Trophy

With over 1,100 teams participating, CHEERSPORT Nationals is one of the largest cheerleading competitions in the world. The competitors' strength, courage, confidence and will to win are truly admirable. After being a part of CHEERSPORT this year, what really inspired me was the awards ceremony before my own. It was comprised of all of the special needs cheer teams that competed earlier in the day.

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