This whole month has me feeling all nostalgic. Today I spent some time looking through pictures from the different teams that I have coached and/or worked with. Sometimes, it was just me. Sometimes, I worked alongside other folks. Those folks became friends, good friends.
One thing that I will always remember from that time is when we were having all these practices, prepping for states. Everyday- practice. The team would run it full out, get water rest, repeat. As with most teams there are always last minute injuries, and redoing the routine...calling it stressful is an understatement. I guess it was out last practice before states...and we had something up our sleeves. The team didn't know it, but we had been creating our own 'cheer routine'. They had just run it full out, we had them sitting at the edge of mat...trying to act like we were about to start critiquing them...then we did our own cheer and dance routine.
Now, as far as routines go- we probably wouldn't have scored that high. But it took the edge off, made us all laugh. Silliness is good for the soul.
Then we went to Winston Salem and finished off our season with a win.
The next two years I coached my own team at PBG, the JV cheerleaders but I helped out whenever I could with Ashley's team and with the overall program. I can honestly say that Ashley is one of the most beautiful people I know, inside and out. She radiates love and is exactly the type of person you would want coaching your child. I am so proud to be able to call her my friend, and I wish she wasn't all the way in Jacksonville!
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