Pennsylvania cheer squads participated in charity competition, with proceeds going to the local Boys and Girls Club.

Often, the talents of young cheerleaders go overlooked when they spend most of their time spreading school spirit on the sidelines at football games. Elementary and middle school-aged squads, which don't generally compete, rarely get to be the center of attention. Once a year, however, young cheer teams from all over Pennsylvania gather for the CheerFest Cheer for Charity. This year's event was held on October 12th in the Chambersburg Area Senior High School Gymnasium, and over 450 girls got to participate.

Excitement levels were high during the Saturday cheer competition as teams prepared to try to wow the judges with their two-and-a-half minute routines. The event was divided into four age groups (smurf, junior varsity, mid-varsity, and varsity), but all of the girls had to be in kindergarten through 8th grade to participate. The event organizer and president of the Keystone Youth Football and Cheerleading League, Alan Kline, noted that the event is

Making a varsity cheerleading squad is rewarding but also requires a lot of hard work. If you are unsure how to properly execute moves, you could end up getting hurt. Rather than ending up on the bench because of an injury, consider doing some extra practice at home to help you excel as a cheerleader. Each practice  will make you sharper on your toes and will mentally prepare you for the moves you need to do. Rather than risk injury by practicing on your own, safely practice at home, with the help of a spotter, and can get you in shape while learning the proper way to pull it off! Have a Spotter: In order to stay safe while practicing, have someone else available to spot you as you do jumps, flips, tumbles and other basic cheerleading moves. They will have an eye for what you might be doing incorrectly and can help get you back on track. Working in pairs is the best way to gain knowledge from each other while practicing your moves. A spotter will also be there to catch you or support you as you perfect your skills. Flexibility: One way to

Your uniform is fresh from the dry cleaners, the vest perfectly pressed. The creases on your skirt are on point and your hair ribbon is tied exactly how you want it. Your routine is running through your head over and over again.  You have spent every waking moment thinking about today. You are about to perform in your first varsity cheerleader competition. The only thing left to do is your makeup! How do you achieve a look that will WOW the judges without being too much?  It’s all about the eyes! Here’s how to get a look that the judges will see, without looking tacky!


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Innovative topical hand cream will stop your hands from perspiring when you need to avoid sweaty palms.

Before you head out onto the floor to do your cheer routine at a game or competition, you need to make sure you are in top form. Unfortunately, with pre-game jitters can come the tendency to sweat in the most inconvenient places. While a good antiperspirant should keep away potential embarrassment, if you have sweaty palms while cheerleading, it can actually be dangerous. After all, no one wants to be the base who accidentally loses their grip because of slippery hands. Tite-Grip is an innovative product that has become very popular among all kinds of athletes, but especially cheerleaders. Apply just a little of this topical cream to your palms, and your hands will stay bone dry.

Invented by Joe Ginger, a former PGA golfer, Tite-Grip is a patented hand cream that acts like an antiperspirant when applied to your palms. Ginger originally came up with the product to improve his golf grip, but he quickly found that the cream had applications in several athletic activities.