Cheerleading can stand for many things, but here’s what I think it stands
- C. Cooperation, from all parties
involved. The parents play as big of a role as the coach does in cheerleading!
Most grade school cheerleaders do not drive yet, and are unable to pay.
- H. Health. The health benefits
behind this sport are highly rewarding. It’s a physical activity, and 99% of
the time, the younger participants love cheering so much, they have no idea
they are even exercising!
- E. Enthusiasm. What are we known
for? Being loud and spirited of course! I don’t know about you, but I have
never seen a completely miserable and negative cheerleader. They are typically
the mother hens–the helpers, the ones to always cheer another up.
- E. E-nun-ci-a-tion. We are not
singers. Each word is it’s own word. There’s more force, more power behind what
you are saying when you enunciate your words.
- R. Responsibility. Each athlete has
their own job, whether they know it or not. In order for your team to perform
well, every piece has to be working smoothly. If you’re a cheer parent, this is
a great life tool for your little one. When they don’t do their cheer role
right, they have to accept responsibility. If they are the reason the flyer
fell, well, it’s unfortunately on them. Cheerleading is a dangerous sport; if
one person doesn’t do their job, it can have devastating consequences.
- L. Leadership. This goes hand in
hand with responsibility: cheerleaders learn to have their own voice–and use it,
too! We want a leader, not an echo.
- E. Encouragement. There is no
prouder coach than a cheerleading coach. And, no prouder parent than a cheer
parent! In my eyes, there is no sport that has teammates encouraging one
another more. It’s more than a team, though; it’s a family. A family believes
in one another, and will always have each other’s back.
- A. Adoration. Come on,
who doesn’t love a cheerleader? Well, maybe someone who wants to be a
cheerleader, but didn’t have what it takes. Take youth cheerleaders out
somewhere in their uniforms, with their hair done with those big bows, and
please email me personally if you don’t get huge smiles from multiple people.
- D. Dedication. Once you’re in, you’re in. Cheerleading is what you live, eat, sweat,
sleep, and bleed. You need that dedication to keep up with the practices,
competitions, and the fact that you may only get two months out of the year
where you MIGHT get a break in the sport.
- I. Inspirational. Every
young one looks up to a girl on that senior team with bright eyes. There is
something about the uniform, the personality, and the sport itself that people
look up to.
- N. Noisy. Cheerleaders
are loud and proud. Spirited is their nature, and that facilitates the loud
laughter, the constant cheering, and the ability to exert their voices.
- G. Grateful. Without
cheerleaders, the world would be an ugly place. Football games wouldn’t be the
same, and neither would basketball games. Those smiles and loud voices are
something everyone should be grateful for. Cheerleaders leave a little sparkle
wherever they go, and with every life that they touch.
What does ‘CHEERLEADING’ mean to you? Tell us in the comments, as another
acronym or not!