Posts Tagged ‘cheerleader’

Cheering through Life’s Seasons

May 22, 2012  |  Field Notes, Life Beyond Cheer  |  3 Comments

On December 5, 2003, while driving due west, I witnessed the most beautiful sunset ever; the colors—pink, blue and orange—were all swirled together like a jarred sand sculpture you make as a child. That was the night my husband died and I thought the sun was setting forever. Only 27 years old and seven months pregnant with my first son, my heart carried the weight of grief and uncertainty. I remember the tears that soaked my shirt and my swollen belly beneath. My son was going to need a cheerleader – in the most fundamental sense of the word.

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A Man’s Guide to being a Cheerleader – Part 1

January 25, 2012  |  Field Notes  |  11 Comments

Gentlemen, if you’re reading this you have already joined or are thinking about joining in on what I view as the greatest sport or activity you could think of. Ladies, if you are reading this, enjoy but also please forward onto any gentlemen you know who cheers or could possibly want to join your cheerleading team. I have some rules or guidelines for the men out there who cheer that I want to share with the world.

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I Believe in Cheerleading

December 15, 2011  |  Field Notes, Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

Growing up, one of my mother’s favorite things to say around the holidays was, “You have to believe.” She was referring to the magical aura of Santa Claus and his yearly trip down our chimney with gifts, but the sentiment runs deeper. A person’s beliefs are rooted in what they value and cherish, what they know and feel to be true and shaped along the way by the individual’s personal experiences. What you believe is at the core of who you are, who you want to be, and how you interact with the world.

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Sideline Report with Katie Kindred

November 8, 2011  |  Field Notes  |  No Comments

Hello everyone, this is Katie Kindred here, reporting from the Homecoming game at the University of Tennessee. I am a fourth year senior on the coed cheerleading squad here at UT. Homecoming games are always extremely fun to cheer with so many alumni returning to their alma mater, but this one was special to me because it was my last homecoming as a student-athlete!

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Chili’s + St Jude= Sept 26

September 22, 2011  |  Cheers for Charity  |  1 Comment

Over the summer, Varsity teamed up with St Jude Children’s Research Hospital to raise funds at cheerleading and dance camps across the country. Each cheerleader or dancer brought in five pre-addressed letters to friends and family asking for donations to help support the St Jude patients. After turning in their letters they received a special limited edition “Team Up for St Jude” Varsity Pin Trading pin as a thank you for their support. Since Varsity is based in Memphis, TN St Jude Children’s Research Hospital is in our backyard and close to our hearts.

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Dear Jenni, (A letter I’ll never forget)

I decided to keep a few of my favorite ones and donate the rest to a local women’s shelter – one that houses children as well. They accept ‘costumes’ so that the children can dress up and suspend reality for a while. It was my hope that some little girls could have a great time playing in my old uniforms and transport themselves to a happier place where they’d be on a soft grass field cheering on their favorite team, far from the cold floors of their temporary home.

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Getting the Collegiate Cheer Look

July 29, 2011  |  Field Notes  |  No Comments

When I was a freshmen in high school, I pretty much lucked out when it came to cheerleading. I had no idea what 8 counts, punch motions, or baskets were, but I STILL made the JV squad at my school. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?! Well, fortunately for me, I was a somewhat elite tumbler due to my gymnastics background... but I was definitely border-line clueless about cheering at games, let alone collegiate-style cheerleading.

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Cheerleading – American as Apple Pie

July 1, 2011  |  Field Notes, Life Beyond Cheer  |  3 Comments

Like the tightly woven fabric of a cheerleading skirt, cheerleading is woven into the fabric of American history and culture. Cheerleading traditions run deep and its imagery, well, it’s as American as apple pie.

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The Big Jump: High School to College Cheerleading

March 31, 2011  |  For the Love of Competition  |  2 Comments

I’m from the great state of South Carolina, where cheerleading rules the land. Almost every girl I went to high school with was a cheerleader at some point in their lives, and if they weren’t, they knew our cheers and could do them along with us. One thing about South Carolina cheerleading is we were not allowed to travel out of state to compete. Our season actually ended with the state championship in November. You can imagine once I made Clemson and was given the opportunity to compete at the College National Championship in Florida, it was a huge adjustment.

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Staying Positive – Even in Tough Times

March 24, 2011  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

You know those crazy, easily excited, extremely positive people that can sometimes be a little bit annoying? We all have them in our lives and even though sometimes we just want to hear one negative word come out of their mouths, their positive, encouraging words can make a huge difference in our lives. I consider myself one of these people due to the fact that I grew up in cheerleading. I don't mean that I'm the stereotypical dumb blonde who screams "YAY!" and claps for my friends for doing great things, but I do think I cheer on my friends in other ways.

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