A (Long) Day in the Lives of a Cheer FamilyDawn Meehan
Once upon a time, I cheered for basketball. Cheering back then basically meant clapping and chanting and doing the occasional round-off. Today, cheer is a sport, and it’s just as physical, demanding, and dangerous as any other sport out there. Two of my daughters cheer. They’re both flyers, which mean they’re the ones at the top of the pyramid; the ones who get tossed in the air; the ones who give their mom a heart attack whenever she watches them. Still, as nerve-wracking as it is, I enjoy watching them perform. I’m always at the field when they practice. I go to every game and every competition, and I love the whole experience! I get such a rush when a stunt comes together and makes the audience ohhhhhhhh and ahhhhhh and explode with applause!
My girls cheer for Pop Warner football, and as football season winds down, cheer competition picks up. After all the months of practice, my daughters participated in the Mid-Florida Competition this past week. Placing in the Mid-Florida Competition earns you a spot at the Regional Competition. Placing at Regionals, gets you to the National Competition conveniently held in our backyard here at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Here’s my story about competition day. Check it out to see if we’ll be moving on to the Regional Competition . . .
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