While cheerleading remains a female dominated sport in the middle school and even high school years it is important to know that male cheerleaders make up aproximatley 50% of cheerleaders at the collegiate level. Just like everyone on the squad , male cheerleaders are committed to training and making their routines perfect for competitions and performance. For all cheerleaders practice is essential but in this instance our A-state red wolves are practicing to make perfect. With the hard work and effort of each team member, we zero in on some of the most important team members The male cheerleaders, as they prepare for NCA & NDA’s collegiate cheer and dance championship. This will be held April 3rd-7th , 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
22 year old Junior Otha Bell said that he is more excited for nationals next semester just because the program is switching from UCA to NCA. They are very excited for this huge transition and ready to make a great impact on their judges and showing competitors what they are made of. Otha joined A-states cheerleading this fall semester and has been thriving for his squad ever since. He describes his experience as ” something you may not see anywhere else” . Otha explains that being an African American male cheerleader is rare because growing up you’re not taught to cheer, only to play male dominated sports such as football and basket ball and sometimes even rugby , But his experience has been remarkable thus far. Nonetheless the team continues to shift gears from football season on to basketball season and from there nationals. As they prepare for this shift they focus on perfecting their stunting and tumbling.
21 year old junior Matthew Ramussen who is also one of A-states very own male cheerleaders expresses how hectic it can become trying to balance school and prepare for nationals! He says ” I’m very excited, I think once this semester is over ill be able to focus better for nationals and I know I have to personally work on my craft as far as tumbling and stunting ” over all Matthew, Otha and the other hard working male and female cheerleaders are looking forward to dominating Daytona beach and having a blast in April. Wishing the A-State cheerleading team the best of luck in the NCA nationals this spring! if you’d like to hear more about the lives of our A-State male cheerleaders there is a link/ video highlight below.
also to learn more about the NCA & NDA national championship click the link below