“Whoever thought of chucking someone into the air and seeing how many times they can flip, that person is psychotic,” Morgan Simianer, one of the stars of Netflix’s “Cheer” jokes in the docuseries.
While cheerleaders sacrifice their body and time to constantly practice, and build up a mastery of oftentimes dangerous skills, including flying up in the air and hoping to be caught, they continue to be underfunded and overlooked by the athletics world.
This was made clear in “Cheer”, which follows Navarro College’s national championship cheerleading team grueling 2019 season. From the lack of funding for gear to the oftentimes absent sports medicine trainers “Cheer” showcases the glaring inequalities between cheerleading the rest of the collegiate sports world.
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