Category: America Needs Cheerleaders

Purpose Beyond the Routine

The Captains of Woodlands Elite Cheer Company remain present to exploring new opportunities. They not only discover new things about themselves, but also create a lasting impact on others’ lives. As they have generated direction, memories and further inspiration, it is no surprise these athletes have found a deeper meaning to their platforms as cheerleaders. The Woodlands Elite Captains were able to find purpose in something other than perfecting their routine. Letters of Luck Each week of the season, the Woodlands Elite Captains chose a team at their gym to write a good luck letter to. They hand-wrote notes that ... Read more

All-American Journey

Seventeen-year-old, school-wide favorite, Layne Redeagle proves her strength through her unwavering character and exemplary attitude. The Bella Vista High School Varsity Cheer squad does not recognize her for her Down Syndrome, but for her bright personality that leaves everyone with a smile. Poised, resilient, animated and fun, Layne Redeagle goes the extra mile just to get the crowd involved, all while keeping her teammates energetic and optimistic. “DIFFERENT IS OK” Coach Karen Van Tassel has been the cheer coach at Belle Vista High School for the past eight years, sharing that Layne is their second special needs cheerleader. Coach Van ... Read more

3 Cheers for Alma High School

At Alma High School, cheerleading means more than just performing new stunts and dances on Friday nights. Cheerleading means giving back, inspiring the next generation and using spirit to make an impact. Every year, the Alma cheerleaders host three free cheer clinics to mentor young children and serve as a positive influence in their lives. Stepping Stones to Success: The first clinic is held at Stepping Stone, which is a pre-school for special needs students who are still working on typical development. Every year for their “Sports Week” the Alma cheerleaders organize a pep rally and cheer clinic for the ... Read more