Okay, it looks like fun on television and at the games so you decide that you…or maybe it’s your daughter…want to be a college cheerleader. After all, you are a high school cheerleader so how much harder could it be, right? Wrong.
(Last year, I told you that Kailee Hansmire dreams of being a college cheerleader and that she was doing everything possible to give herself an edge in that department. To see everything she was doing as a high school junior, click on the link above.)
Kailee hasn’t changed her dream, and she is still working like the proverbial dog to accomplish it so today, I made the short trek to Comanche High School to sit down with Kailee and ask her to tell us what she is doing now and if she is still on track in her goal of becoming a college cheerleader.
Believe me, she is, and the work she is doing seems overwhelming to an old lady like me!
“I go to open gym in Waco every Wednesday after school.”
“You drive TO WACO every single Wednesday,” I asked.
“Either I drive myself or my mom drives me, but yes, every week. A girl I cheered with at All Star Gym had the Baylor University cheer coach’s contact information, and I called him and asked him if he offered cheer classes or an open gym, etc. and he told me about open gym on Wednesday evenings.”
Now, in case you are wondering, open gym is just as the name implies. Baylor cheerleaders have no official practice on Wednesdays, but many of them do practice on their own at that time. The gym is open to those who want to come, practice with them, stunt with them, etc. There is no charge for practicing there, but gas and time are not cheap, of course.
“There are probably five or six other high school girls who go to open gym, but none of this guarantees or secures a spot on the Baylor squad, you understand. It just helps me get good enough that I might have a chance.”
As for the All Star Gym that Kailee mentioned, that is something she has been doing for a while now.
“All Star Gym is Seal Cheer Zone for competitive cheer, and you have to try out and be accepted to the group.”
This is a for pay group, and competitors are also responsible for paying for their uniforms, etc. as well as for transportation to the competitions, which are held in places like Dallas, San Antonio, etc.
Kailee is also planning to attend two cheer clinics that will be held at Baylor in February and April of this year.
“At these clinics, we will learn the fight song routine that we will have to do at tryouts, and we will also tumble and stunt with new guys as well as with squad guys.”
So when is the big day? TRYOUT DAY?
“We try out on April 18. This is prelim day. If I am lucky enough to make the finals, I will try out again on the 19th.”
And if all of this wasn’t enough, Kailee also plans to try out for UCA (Universal Cheer Association). It is these groups of cheerleaders who coach the cheer camps that all high school and junior high cheerleaders attend each summer. Should Kailee be selected, this would be her summer job, and it is a paid position. Is she good enough?
All I can tell you is that she was named to the All American cheer squad at cheer camp this past summer and that she represented that group on New Years Day of this year in London, England so my guess is that yes, she is definitely that good. Here at United, I can assure you that our fingers will be crossed and that we will be sending Kailee Hansmire all kinds of good thoughts on April 18-19.
And since Ric and I are big fans, we’ll be right there watching the first time she shouts an official “GO BEARS!”