Monday, April 02, 2007

My Old Kentucky Home

I was a high school rah rah, and I never even gave college cheerleading a thought because I didn't have any tumbling in my repetoire.

In this part of the country, when you say the word Kentucky, you think of a few things: horses, beautiful country, basketball, and, believe it or not, cheerleading.

You see, my alma mater, the University of Kentucky, has won the national championship FIFTEEN times. They are a powerhouse in college cheering. Seriously. They really ARE good. And they don't have reps. Or at least I don't think they have reputations.

And the high schools in Lexington are just as competitive. Paul Laurence Dunbar HS, as well as Tates Creek, and outerlying high schools are rabid beasts when it comes to cheering.

And apparently, some television producers have tapped into that market.... the Kentucky cheerleader.

Cheer U is the newest installment, and I *think* it is on Bravo, but don't quote me. Ace and I watch it not for its content, but to see the scenes of the campus, reliving our glorious years on that campus.

And really ... they were glorious. Here's where I get all nostalgic on your butts....

It is a wonderful school, and secretly I will be depressed with a capital D if ONE of these kids doesn't choose it. It is my plan to move back down there someday because I love the area. It holds a lot of memories for Ace and I. For now, we are in a good area. I don't think I would want to raise small children there, just because I don't know a lot about their primary school system.

Because let's face it, when I mentioned those images when you hear the word Kentucky, education isn't on the top of the list. They are getting better, but not a lot.

Where was I ... oh yeah. Cheerleading. If you ever get a chance to catch an episode, it might be worth your time. Or not.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Robin said...

Speaking of rah rahs..no offense now to anyone reading. I hope and pray that one of my girls does not choose this as a sport. I was watching GMA this morning, they did a segment on how dangerous it is. How many girls have been paralyzed because of it. How it promotes that princess mentality.
Let's just stick to good old soccer where the worst thing that can happen is a broken leg...

8:26 AM  
Blogger The "Mind" said...

Cheerleading is a big thing in HS in our town. My 25 year-old cousin is actually one of the coaches. She just had her first baby in early Feb and is so committed to cheerleading that she packed up her infant son and carted him off to a competition when he was just barely 4 weeks old.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous jenn said...

crazy! I always wanted to be a cheerleader, but was no where near graceful enough.

I love watching the competitions though like on ESPN, the just blow me away, jumping around and being thrown into the air.

again, crazy!

11:07 AM  
Anonymous kailani said...

I was never a cheerleader in high school but I'm hoping Girlie Girl will want to try out. What a great experience it must have been for you!

3:14 PM  

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