After just recently competing in the junior varsity division of the Noble Athletics Cheerleading and Dance Competition, the team has been working hard to continuously show off their talent and skill. This year has been a truly special year for DRW’s cheerleading team. The team has been faced with various challenges around breaking down the stereotypical belief that “cheerleading is not a sport.” And while it is not offensive to say that cheerleaders can “look pretty” while they are performing, this team has found that in the past year, they have constantly been judged on their physical appearance as opposed to their level of performance.
To continue debunking this myth, the team comprised of freshman, sophomores, juniors, and two graduating seniors has pushed themselves even further to prove to others that they are more than just pretty faces, hair bows, and cheerleading uniforms. Through dedication and hard work, each member of the team has worked to build positive, long-lasting relationships with one another and truly develop their sense of teamwork and interconnectedness. The team practices for two to two and a half hours at least twice per week and sometimes on weekends. The team also holds regular “team meetings” to discuss the team’s progress and successes. Additionally, the team also held two separate fundraisers this school year, to continue raising money to increase the outcomes of the program itself. And while there have been many challenges along the way, each member of the team truly embodies all of the values of a student-athlete. Their coaches could not be more proud of all of their hard work and success this school year. The team would also like to thank the Chicago Fire for allowing them to open for their home game, especially since they have been invited back for another performance next year!