Three Teams on a Quest for College Cheerleading's Ultimate Prize
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Think cheerleading is just pom-poms, "gimme an 'R,'" and
pleated skirts? Not anymore. Take an exhilarating trip
through the rough-and-tumble world of competitive college
College cheerleaders are extreme athletes who fly thirty
feet in the air, build pyramids in which a single slip can
send ten people crashing to the ground, and compete in
National Championships that are won by hundredths of a
point. Cheer! is a year-long odyssey into their universe,
following three squads from tryouts to Nationals.
Meet the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack cheerleaders from
Nacogdoches, Texas, who
seem destined to win their fifth National Championship in a
row -- until they are shaken by the departure of their
longtime coach. Fall in love with the Southern University
Jaguars from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an African-American
team hoping to raise the $17,000 needed to travel to
Nationals and transform their near win several years ago
into a Cinderella victory. Root for the University of
Memphis All-Girl cheerleaders from Tennessee -- a team that
continually struggles for the same respect Coed teams get --
when their quest for a national title is threatened by
injuries and dropouts.
Along the way, meet unforgettable characters like Sierra, a
cheerleading prodigy who has never lost a competition; Doug,
who is in his eighth year as a college cheerleader; and
Casi, one of the few female bases who can lift another
cheerleader on her own. These are people who risk horrifying
injuries on a daily basis, battle demons like eating
disorders and steroid use, and form intense bonds.
In the immersive tradition of Friday Night Lights, Cheer! is
a captivating, all-access journey into a deeply absorbing world.
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