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The organization of the first national coalition of cheer parents to effect change has launched.

The National Cheer Parents Association LLC will provide, among other things, parent friendly data, industry-wide accountability, gym information, lobbying, safety watch dogs and legal representation.

Development by cheer dad Peter Difilippantonio out of “hopeful frustration” was necessary, he says, because of an industry paid for by...

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nce limited to standard park food of burgers and fries, ice cream and soda, food at Walt Disney World has come a long way since I started going there when it first opened (Read Gone Certifiabiy CheerMAD at the Summit Part 1 for more about that).

Thankfully, our athletes have much more nutritious choices that the emergence of Fast Food in the '70s. Salads, grilled chicken sandwiches, seafood and vegetarian meals are just some o...

The Summit combines two of my passions: All star cheerleading and Walt Disney World.

You know I’ve been a cheer mom for 17 seasons, but what you don’t know is, I’ve been going to WDW since it first opened.

Thanks to my grandparents choice to spend their winters of retirement in the Orlando area, I had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World every year thereafter throughout my childhood. Back then it was just the Magic Kingdom...

We're Going CheerMAD at Worlds with members of the new CheerMAD Parents Panel posting and sharing all weekend.

Starting tonight on the eve of Worlds, we'll begin introducing you to several members whose kids are competing, and some not competing this weekend. Then over the next several weeks, at Summit and D2, others will post.

CheerMAD announced that it was taking applicants for this new group two months ago and the result repr...

Rachel's first of three NCA jackets in levels  Y2, Y3 and Jr. R5 became part of NCA's "MY NCA Jacket" campaign

This will be Rachel's fifth National Cheerleaders Association Allstar competition. As a cheer mom, I've seen the highs, the lows and the "no-nos."

We actually started out with a "low."

The first year we traveled to Dallas was in 2012 when Rachel was on a Youth 2 team called the PRO Athletics Showstoppers. They had just w...

I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than by introducing the dad who got our attention last year with his Confessions of a Cheer Dad post,  to the tune of 70,000 plus impressions and corresponding “likes,” “loves,” “shares,” and “comments.”

Confessions (can be read in its entirety at the end of this blog) was posted in CheerMAD last month after I read it in a private national cheer Facebook group. It had been pos...

2016 was definitely the year of changes in the cheer world and with it came a multitude of new opportunities. A few extraordinary notables include great new brands like SpiritBox and Cheer and Dance Lyfe; the construction began on the new cheer facility at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World and of course the International Olympic Committee’s announcement just this month that cheerleading has been given pr...

We're reposting this for those who haven't had the chance to see it...the five days of Gift Giveaways will be honored but there was a glitch in last night's post: Spirit Box received 11,000+ reads while last night's received less than thousand...over the last month more than 200,000 impressions so we know we're onto something!

So to be fair and let as many people have a chance to win as possible...TAG FIVE FRIENDS (in the comme...

                                Rachel, Angie and Abbi; 2010-11 Fierce Kidz of Proathletics, Mini Level 1

This  TBT picture stopped me in my tracks. I looked at the picture of these babies: (left to right) my daughter Rachel, Angie and Abbi, and unexpectedly teared up.

I love these kids and their families, especially their moms (Angie’s is Kerri, Abb...

We can learn alot from nature. For instance, think of how far a flock of geese gets when they work together...

This post is based on a reprint from a hand-out* given to Becky by her first Coach,  Carol Wade-Lam, during her first season as an All Star 16 years ago.

 

Photo 1: Becky and I during one of our first travel comps to Hershey Park, 1999;

Photo 2: Team photo of UCA National High School Cheerleading Champions Shep...

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