One of the best things about cheerleading is the variety. There are so many different types of squads, and in the cheer world you’ll meet cheerleaders from many different backgrounds. Even on your own team, you probably have great cheerleaders who just recently joined the squad, while others fell in love with the sport in elementary school. Some people have been cheerleaders all their lives, while others started out as gymnasts or dancers or other types of athletes before finding their way to cheerleading. No matter how you became a cheerleader or what type of cheerleader you are, once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader! That’s why we love cheerleading so much, and why we love hearing stories of how cheerleaders got started. We asked some of the Cheer Channel Superstars of All-Stars how they got into cheerleader. Read their answers below, and then tell us your cheerleading story in the comments! Baylee Kinsey Flyer/Secondary Base, Level 5 “My parents got me started, and, ever since, I’ve been in the gym 24/7. ” Cat Ralston Main base, high school cheerleader “I started as a gymnast and wanted to try something new. Cheerleading seemed fun, and I thought I would give it a try. ” Aubrey Vandermolen Flyer, Level 5 “My mom opened a gym, and I switched over from gymnastics. ” Hope Bravo Flyer/Base, Level 5 “I started gymnastics when I was 3, and I saw that there was a cheerleading gym that was connected, and I decided to give it a try. ” Cayce Whitlock Backspot, Level 5 “When I was younger, I saw it on TV and knew cheerleading was something I wanted to get into. I started the next week and fell in love. ” Amber Pellegrini Flyer, Level 5 “My mom signed me up. ” Taylor Faulk Backspot, Level 5 “My best friend, Mollye, [got me into cheerleading]. ” There you have it! These successful cheerleaders started cheerleading the same way a lot of us did‚ from friends introducing you to it to your parents signing you up when you were young and even switching over from other sports. Now we want to hear your story! How did you get started in cheerleading?