Cheerleading is an incredible sport in-and-of itself. Cheer is full of self-discovery,  excitement and passion, it offers numerous benefits to American cheerleaders of all ages. Athletes from youth cheerleading to high school cheerleaders and beyond as they train over the years. Is it wise wait until your child is all grown up in order for them to begin experiencing the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of cheerleading? Youth who get involved in cheerleading are poised to grow up with many advantages, including:

  • Community Building. 

Through our youth cheerleading and cheer camps, even the youngest participants can begin to understand the importance of being connected to a larger community. Not only is there the cheer team component (collaboration), but they also discover how being a cheerleader can make them representatives of the school, other sports teams, and the whole surrounding community of students, parents, and faculty. Not to mention giving back by volunteering and teaching kiddie camps. Teaching them to pay it forward. Being in the workplace I can tell you with certainty, that’s the most sought-after qualities in Corporate America, for building effective and quality teams!

  • Energy Levels.

We believe that young children should have high levels of energy. Fortunately, youth cheerleading is one of the highest energy sport there is. It offers a marvelous way for children to exercise in a fun manner, get and stay in shape, and improve their overall health. All this happens in some of their most physically formative years too and can include summer programs for kids too! Classes start for ages as early as 2 years old (mommy and me classes).

  • Emotional Resiliency.

Young kids are often developing their emotional foundations that will guide them through the rest of their lives. When young athletes form strong relationships with their cheer teams and cheer coaches, it can give them an emotional base they can rely on for years. As well as, imbue them with a confidence that can come to strengthen their overall personality.

  • Interpersonal Communication Skills.

In cheerleading, learning to communicate is critical. As young kids are developing their speaking skills and ability to interpret body language and other signals from those around them, cheerleading encourages this through the art of performance. The better the child learns to communicate, the more they’re able to achieve peak performance alongside their cheer team peers.

Have you seen how youth participants benefit from cheerleading activities on multiple levels? Since your child has begun participating in cheerleading, have you noticed an increase not only in their physical capability but also their mental and emotional development? As a CheerTD staff member, I have personally seen the positive impact that cheer has left in the staff and me from my adolescent years of cheering and competing in the sport.

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