Let's hear it for the cheerleaders!
They may not be out on the field, rumbling in the midst of the action, but they are most definitely on the front lines. This football season, squads of local cheerleaders are hoping to score just as much as the players when it comes to generating excitement about the game.
Bishop England’s cheer squad, like many others in the region, has been hard at work all summer preparing for the start of football season. They made their official debut at last week’s Sertoma Football Classic and will be front and center once again this Friday when the Bishops take on First Baptist at home.
“I think cheerleading is important because it really gets the crowd involved and when they get super hyped up it also gets the football team hyped up!” said senior Emma Canterbury, while taking a short break from practice last week. “If your crowd is cheering, then the football team is going to feel better.”
“I think the best part about being a cheerleader is being able to communicate with the fans and the team,” added BE cheerleader Catherine Barillo, also a senior. “Because it brings an interactive element and reminds us that it’s our team.”
Seniors Julia Seabrook and Celia Fanning are also looking forward to tackling a new season. Fanning said her main goal is to “create great energy.”
“It’s good when the fans are involved and just get the stadium loud,” she said. “Because a quiet one isn’t any fun!”
The seniors on the squad describe their fans as “crazy” – in a good way - and say they are excited about the entire 2018-19 athletic season, which requires almost year-round participation for the team. According to assistant cheer coach Cate Condon, they have been practicing two days a week, for two hours a session, since June.
“I am incredibly proud of them,” said Condon. “They work really hard. And they always come in with a good attitude!”
Catch the BE cheerleaders in action this Friday, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at John Cantey Stadium on Daniel Island.