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Sports Spotlight: Male Cheerleaders

Sports Spotlight: Male Cheerleaders


P”I played football” P(Hunter Necessary, UofA PCheerleader) P”I played football” P(Bond) P”basketball” P(Necessary) P”basketball” P(Bond) Pbaseball, P(Necessary) P”baseball” P(Bond) P”cross country, track and golf” P(Necessary) P”then I ran track” PFROM THE FIELD…TO THE PSIDELINES… (Bond) P”many of us didn’t cheer in high Pschool” PMANY MALE CHEERLEADERS …FIND PTHE TRANSITION … P P P PFROM THROWING DEFENDERS DOWN…. PTO THROWING GIRLS UP … PFAIRLY SEAMLESS… P(Bond) P”cheerleadings all about speed Pand explosion which translates P P P Pfrom other sports because that’s Phow you get off the line in Pfootball, that’s how Pyou jump in basketball” PRUNNING BACK JACOB CLARK HELPED PLEAD PTHE BENTONVILLE TIGERS TO THE PSEMIFINALS IN FOOTBALL THIS PSEASON … P P P PTWO WEEKS AFTER THEY WERE PKNOCKED POUT BY FAYETTEVILLE… CLARK WAS PHELPING THE TIGERS WIN P P P PSTATE….IN CHEERLEADING… P(Jacob Clark, Bentonville PRunning Back/Cheerleader) “I got Pa little hard time from the Pfootball team, they weren’t Pmeaning, they were just joking Pbut it was still funny” PCLARK…WHO’S BEEN CAUSING P P P PCHEERS HIS ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL PCAREER… IS FINDING HE LIKES PLEADING THE CHEER ALMOST AS PMUCH… P(Clark) P”if you land a lib or anything Pduring a cheer Pcompetition people go crazy and P P P Pso if we all hit it, it just Pfeels awesome” PAND FOR THOSE WHO’VE BEEN BOTH PON THE GRIDIRON… PAND NEXT TO IT… PTHEY SAY THE TASK ON THE PSIDELINES…MAY BE MORE NERVE PWRACKING… P(Scalise) P”i’m way more nervous than I P P P Pever was with football, cheer’s Pjust like you go out there and I Pmean it’s not just you, it’s two Ppeople and you have Pto rely on the other Pperson…you practice it Pbut I mean anything little can Pgo wrong… Pin football like if something Plittle goes wrong, it’s not like Pa hard correction but something Plittle goes wrong the stunt’s P P P Pgoing to fall so you really have Pto be perfect” PFOR MANY COLLEGIATE PCHEERLEADERS… PFINDING THIS NEW SPORT … PIS LIKE FINDING THEIR PLACE PAGAIN… (Bond) P”I had been a part of athletics Pmy entire life and it felt like PI was missing something and P P P Pbeing able to join cheer and Phave a practice that I go to Peveryday to look forward to P P P Pseeing, having an event to go to Pand it just kind of brought that Psense Pof purpose into my life” P

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