Cheer coaching has proven to be one of the most challenging, fun and sanctifying endeavors I have ever undertaken. This year was my second year coaching at Sioux Falls Christian. I coached a JV team of six freshmen girls, and a Varsity team of eight sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Each of the young women I’ve coached have made an impact in my life one way or another which is exciting because coaching for me has never been just a “side hustle,” but a ministry.
This year, the Sioux Falls Christian boys basketball team made it to the State Basketball tournament for the first time in 14 years. I traveled five hours with my eight varsity cheerleaders across the state to cheer them on.
The SFC boys won their first two games at state landing them in the championship game against St. Thomas More, the Rapid City Catholic High School. After the semifinal games, the St. Thomas More cheer coach approached me about the possibility of both squads cheering together for a quarter cheer during the championship game. Having “unity” be one of our purposes as a cheer team that weekend, my girls were thrilled by the idea.
We decided to intermix both squads into one large formation, some facing the St. Thomas More crowd and some facing the SFC crowd. All the girls began cheering in unison, “Go big blue!” It was fun to watch the crowd’s confused faces at that point.
The girls then came together for one huge pyramid stunt called “The Star.” At this point, the crowd caught on and the whole arena was yelling, “Go big blue!”
Afterwards, my girls and I chatted about how movies and culture like to portray animosity between cheer teams, but how in Christ there is unity. It was so incredible to be a part of such a public declaration of Christ’s desire for His followers.
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”