Published on October 31st, 2013 | by Scott Borgmier
Cheerleader of the Month: Jasmine King
Meet Cheerleader of the Month Jasmine King from the University of Georgia and find out why it’s so great to be a Georgia Bulldog!
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
Jasmine King couldn’t have imagined a better cheerleading career when she first started as a third grader at Middle Georgia All-Stars in Macon, GA.
“I cheered there until my junior year of high school, but I always wanted something more out of cheerleading,” said Jasmine. She had her sights on The Stingray All-Stars in Marietta, GA. “My mom knew that it was a very well-known gym and that it would be great for me to develop my skills there. So we made the two hour drive to Marietta three days a week!”
Looking back, spending her senior year driving to Marietta was one of the best decisions she ever made. “I was able to experience so many things that I wouldn’t have been able to in Macon,” said Jasmine. “One time my team participated in the pre-game show for the Atlanta Falcons! It was just an exhibition, but it was still a great experience.”
After her successful year at Stingrays, Jasmine looked to continue her education, but was unsure about cheering in college. “I picked UGA because I knew it was one of the top schools in the state. They are also known for their journalism school and I wanted to be in broadcast. I didn’t always want to cheer at UGA, or any college for that matter, because I was burnt out.”
Jasmine began her application to UGA, but stopped halfway through because she wanted to look at other schools instead. After attending the UGA Stunt Clinic, she quickly fell in love with the program and realized she shouldn’t have given up on the Dawgs. “To my surprise, the week after the clinic and the admissions deadline, I received an email saying that I didn’t finish filling out my application and if I still wanted to, I had three days to finish,” she said. “I rushed to finish – the rest is history!”
Now, a junior at UGA majoring in Digital and Broadcast Journalism and Communication Studies on top of cheering for the Dawgs, Jasmine has found the life she dreamed of. “The best part about cheering for UGA is the experiences I have had. I have had the opportunity to meet so many great people within the community from making appearances at local nursing homes, schools, country clubs and even at a technology convention!”
Besides representing the University of Georgia off the sidelines, Jasmine spends the majority of her fall semester in uniform cheering on the football team in Sanford Stadium. “Every Saturday morning I wake up ready to ‘tee it up between the hedges’ as we call it,” she said. “I put on my uniform, straighten my hair, put on my makeup and I can’t forget my pearl earrings and my Georgia red lipstick!”
After the “Dawg Walk,” where the crowds gather to watch the football team walk into the stadium, Jasmine gets to walk into the stadium she calls home. “I have never felt the way I feel when I step onto the Sanford Stadium grass. I get Goosebumps from head to toe when I hear the Battle Hymn, a historic song for the entire Bulldog Nation. Then, I get to cheer with over 92,000 crazed Georgia fans, and no matter how the game ends, it’s always great to be a Georgia Bulldog!” Looking back, Jasmine’s most memorable moment as a cheerleader happened during her freshman year at a football game. “During pre-game, they showed a flag waving on the jumbotron during the National Anthem. As I looked up, I saw MY face in the background,” said Jasmine. “And someone got a really cool picture of it!”
Gymnastics meets are another huge athletic event for the University of Georgia Cheerleaders. Their team is just as celebrated and well-known around the country as any other UGA sport. At a typical gymnastics meet, the cheerleaders run the team on and take turns cheering them on between the different events. “My favorite event to watch is floor,” said Jasmine. “With all of the tumbling and floorwork cheerleaders use, it’s easier for me to connect to them. Gymnastics is closely related to cheerleader, so I can’t help but love it. Plus, our gymnastics team is always phenomenal and entertaining to watch!”
Jasmine enjoys being entertained by the gymnasts, but hopes to continue entertaining others after her college graduation. “My dream job would be working for E! News as an entertainment news anchor,” she said. “After 14 years of cheerleading, I think it’s time to pass down the torch and focus on my career so other talented cheerleaders will have the chance to experience what I have! I will always take the life lessons I’ve learned through cheer and apply them to my profession.”
AC wished Jasmine the best of luck and we hope to see her on TV one day fulfilling a few more of her dreams and living the life she imagined. For now, she still thinks it’s pretty great to be a Georgia Bulldog!