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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All Star Gyms Team Up for St. Jude

May 19, 2015  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the St. Jude Advisory Panel and the St. Jude staff, Varsity All Star launched the Team Up for St. Jude program to the all star industry in October of 2014. All Star gyms across the country joined together to raise over $41,083.65 for St. Jude! Congratulations to the top fundraising gyms and to the top fundraising team for their efforts throughout the 2014-2015 competition season.

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Never Lose Hope

May 12, 2015  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

Spreading cheer is what cheerleaders are known to do, but it's even more special when a cheerleader can reach others through his or her own journey. One Arkansas girl was truly inspired by an Arkansas Razorback cheerleader and ended up creating an unforgettable bond.

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Month of Giving Back

May 4, 2015  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

Making a difference in your community is easy! Liberty High School in Liberty, Missouri demonstrates this by participating in a “Month of Giving Back.” Throughout this month, the school’s varsity cheerleaders take part in a variety of activities and events that make a difference in their community.

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Exciting News from The Sparkle Effect

April 27, 2015  |  Field Notes  |  No Comments

Six years ago, I founded the Sparkle Effect after seeing how students with disabilities, including my older brother, were excluded. As the co-captain of my cheerleading squad, I committed to helping sidelined students get in the game. Now, on my 22nd birthday, I’m proud to announce that – thanks to cheerleaders like you – The Sparkle Effect has caught fire, generating 145 inclusive teams in 28 states!

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