One of my friends asked, “Why do you pay so much money for your kid to cheer”? Well, I have a confession to make; I don’t pay for my kid to cheer. Personally, I couldn’t care less about what sport they do.
So, if I am not paying for cheerleading what am I paying for?
- I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit but don’t.
- I pay for those days when my kid comes home from school and are “too tired” to go to practice but they go anyway.
- I pay for my kid to learn to be disciplined, focused, and dedicated.
- I pay for my kid to learn to take care of their body and equipment.
- I pay for my kid to learn to work with others and to be good teammates, gracious in defeat and humble in success.
- I pay for my kid to learn to deal with disappointment when they don’t get that placing or title they’d hoped for, but still, they go back week after week giving it their best shot.
- I pay for my kid to learn to make and accomplish goals.
- I pay for my kid to respect, not only themselves but other athletes, judges, and coaches.
- I pay for my kid to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years of hard work and practice to create a champion and that success does not happen overnight.
- I pay for my kid to be proud of small achievements, and to work towards long-term goals.
- I pay for the opportunity my kid has and will have to make life-long friendships, create lifelong memories, to be as proud of their achievements as I am.
- I pay so that my kid can be in the gym instead of in front of a screen…
I could go on but, to be short, I don’t pay for all-star cheer; I pay for the opportunities that competitive cheerleading provides my kid, to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others.
From what I have seen so far I think it is a great investment!