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Monday, March 03, 2008

CHEER! 

Posted by James at 1:09 PM ET

Cheer the BookThis book is about college, not pro, cheerleading. But since we've got a lot of former college cheerleaders readers and since it's a serious and respectful look at cheering, I thought I'd help spread the word.
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 cheerleading…

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 drop-outs. Along the way, meet a cast of unforgettable characters who risk horrifying injuries on a daily basis, battle demons like eating disorders and steroid use, stay in college as long as eight years just to keep cheering, and form intense bonds—in one case a secret society.

Visit the book's official website here. The book has an official publication date of March 11th, but Amazon.com claims to already have it in stock.

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