Confession: I even tried out for my middle school squad.
I can still remember standing in front of the judges thinking "what in the world am I doing here?"
A gangly soft-spoken sixth-grader with zero tumbling skills, I was a sure bet for the squad - or not.
I think the realization hit me right as the judges directed me to begin the first cheer.
I didn't make the squad that day - or ever - but I'm still awed by those who do.
Rousing crowds numbering in the hundreds.
That is impressive.
What's more impressive is not only do these young women support their fellow athletes, but they also dedicate time perfecting their own sport.
There's more to it than just cheering. They all tumble, they move in unison, they chant in unison.
It's a team effort.
Would a ball game have the same "feel" without them cheering on the sidelines?
I've had the opportunity to work with this particular group of young women more than once. They are some of the nicest, most well-rounded people you'll ever meet.
Pick up the local newspaper and you'll find their names on the honor roll, competing on athletic and academic teams, and involved in their community, church, and other high school club activities.
They set a great example for young girls with their dedication and commitment.
Next time you see one of the girls in the photo above, thank them for their effort. They truly deserve the honor.