Published on August 19th, 2013 | Posted by: Ryan Martin
AC’s All Access with Jasmine King
Hey AC readers! My name is Jasmine King and I am currently a Junior double majoring in Digital & Broadcast Journalism and Communication Studies at the University of Georgia. I started all star cheerleading at the very young age of seven years old and continued all the way through my senior year of high school. After all of my hard work and dedication, I managed to land myself a spot on the UGA Cheerleading team. As some of you may know, the team is under the direction of Spirit Coordinator, Ben O’Brien. Ever since I made the team my freshman year, I have been living the dream of a lifetime.
On Saturday August 3rd we started two-a-days, our most intense practices of the season. Two-a-days are when we work on all of the important aspects of college game day cheers, chants, band dances, tumbling, stunts, pyramids and baskets. We also use this time to make up a rally routine for NCA Summer Camp, as well as a game day routine. In my opinion, two-a-days are the most difficult part of cheerleading because it’s basically one giant crash course. We work outside the majority of the time and we practice from 9am-5pm with a lunch break in between.
At the end of each practice, we usually participate in some sort of team activity such as going on scavenger hunts, getting frozen yogurt, watching movies and even eating dinner at Sanford Stadium. This not only helped us to get our minds off of cheerleading, but it helped us to get to know our new teammates.
At the end of two-a-days, we left for college camp at Myrtle Beach, SC. NCA Camp is very important because it’s where the top cheerleading programs from all over the United States get their bids to compete at NCA College Nationals in Daytona, Florida. This year at camp, the University of Georgia Cheerleading Team walked away with several awards. We received a gold FULL PAID bid to nationals, overall game day winner, rally routine winner of our division and we were also voted as Most Collegiate in the coed division. We were also named as All Americans.
To try out as a college All American cheerleader, you must throw a round-off handspring full, toe touch back tuck and you have to perform a difficult stunt sequence that the NCA Staff creates. After an exciting weekend at camp, I am feeling very excited for the upcoming cheer season. So stay tuned to see my latest adventures as a UGA Cheerleader. GO DAWGS!
- Jasmine King