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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Hard Work and Magic Lead to the Summit

April 13, 2015  |  For the Love of Competition  |  No Comments

Sometimes, the hardest times turn out to be the best. It just takes a positive attitude, hard work and, as StyleShock Hazzard all star cheerleader Danielle Butchee says of her team, “magic.”

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Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Month

March 31, 2015  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

April is Autism Awareness Month and this Thursday, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. You can show your support on social media by joining the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue initiative. All it takes is two simple steps!

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Team Emma – We Got This

March 27, 2015  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

In January Emma was diagnosed with leukemia, but her teammates have been behind her every step of the way. Local cheerleaders in the area have teamed up with Emma’s family and the community to host a cheer-a-thon to raise money for hospital bills and travel expenses. With the spirited name Team Emma – We Got This, girls of all ages will learn different cheerleading stunts, jumps and dances to be performed in the Batavian High School gymnasium.

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#DearMe

March 12, 2015  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

Did you know that this past Sunday (March 8) was International Women’s Day? To celebrate, YouTube launched #DearMe, a campaign urging women to share advice they would give to their younger selves. In honor of #DearMe and International Women’s Day, here’s a letter to America’s cheerleaders.

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Adult Cheer Squad Supports Seattle

February 25, 2015  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

Everyone needs cheerleaders sometimes, and in Seattle, there's now a squad they can call upon. Cheer Seattle is a team of “adult cheerleading mercenaries,” as TV station KING put it. They are a non-profit squad of real estate agents, doctors and others from all walks of life, and they cheer and stunt to raise spirit and money for charitable organizations.

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Every Girl Is a Champion

February 17, 2015  |  On the Stage  |  No Comments

Competition cheerleading is in a category all by itself. There is nothing like the feeling of competing at the largest state and national competitions with fans cheering for you to hit the perfect routine. More school teams today are taking a leap beyond football and basketball games to the competition mat. With this challenge, teams are practicing extra hours and becoming closer than ever. One school in Denver, Colorado proved that a team is more than a team – it’s a family.

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