What it Means to be a Cheerleader

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What does being a cheerleader mean?  Well, according to the Webster’s Dictionary, “A cheerleader is someone who cheers for a sports game, or someone who excites the crowd at a game.”  I think that pretty much sums up how I feel about being a cheerleader.  A game is not the same without the cheerleaders to interact with the fans and excite them about the game.  Cheerleaders are there to support whatever team they are at.  Being a cheerleader to me means supporting my school team and my cheer team.  I am there to excite our fans and other athletes.  I am there to support the other girls in which I cheer with.  We are one team; one family. As a cheerleader, I have learned many life lessons that will follow me throughout my journey in life. These are just a few:

*Teamwork – As a member of a team, I am not in it alone.  I have to work with the others to ensure that we are a success.  The team comes first.   Every member is an important part of the team as a whole.

*Dedication – As a member of my team, I signed up for it all.  The team cannot be a team without its members.  This lesson leads to the next.

*Practice – You have to practice in order to get better.  By going over your moves, tumbling, jumps, etc., you are only ensuring that you will get better.

*Respect and Encouragement – Everyone on the team is a vital member.  We should respect each other and encourage each other to achieve their goals and dreams.  Without this, you will not have a successful team.

*Believe and Give it Your Best – You have to believe that you can accomplish anything.  Even if your team is not doing well, by going out there with a positive attitude and giving your all, you are offering support and encouragement to those around you.  That is something you would want in return.

Being a cheerleader has given me so many great memories and values that I can and will carry on with me throughout my life.  What has cheerleading done in your life?

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Chelsey Craft

This Mississippi native, Chelsey, began her cheerleading career in second grade and now cheers for the Seminary High School Bulldogs. Her most rewarding moments as a cheerleaders are selling ribbons on Friday mornings before sporting events and entertaining the young children who watch her perform under the Friday night lights.

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