Meet the Three Teams I Followed in CHEER!

Without further ado, here they are:

SFAThe Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks are the best of the best, the Yale of college cheerleading. Located in Nacogdoches, Texas, SFA attracts the top college cheerleaders from across the country. Their tumbling is phenomenal, their basket tosses are textbook, and their pyramids are the biggest and most complicated out there. The Lumberjacks have eight national titles under their belt—in fact, they’ve won the past four years running. CHEER! chronicles their quest for their fifth National Championship in a row.

UofMThe University of Memphis All-Girl Tigers are a new team—created just four years ago, they brought home the National Championship trophy their first time appearing at UCA Nationals. They have since established themselves as one of the best All-Girl teams in the country. They are one of the teams nudging the bar for All-Girl cheerleading higher and higher. Still, some of the Memphis women feel like the forgotten step-children to the school’s Coed team. CHEER! chronicles the team’s quest for another trophy—and respect.

SUThe Southern University Jaguars are like both teams in Bring It On rolled into one. A historically black college squad, they are known equally for their great stunting and their hip-shaking choreography. The Jaguars have never won a National Championship, but in 2002 they came within two-tenths of a point of being the first black squad to win at NCA Nationals. Sadly, the team has not been able to travel back to Nationals since. CHEER! follows the team as they struggle to get back to NCA Nationals.

Read much more about CHEER! here.

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