August 4, 2015

"It all began last year; the girls kept asking me and my cousin to do cheerleading. At first we didn’t want to do it because it just isn’t right."

"You don’t hear football players doing cheerleading, but I thought about it and it is our senior year, so I might as well do something fun."
“Olive [Sagapolu] has by far exceeded my expectations,” said [University of Wisconsin senior cheerleading co-captain Gisella] Mendoza. “We just needed Olive for the stunt work. He can tumble, dance and jump off the cheer floor. All of his teammates admire and respect him for that work ethic and just being an overall great guy. Olive is a great athlete, competitor [and] friend, and now we can all say he is a great cheerleader.”...

“The biggest thing I will probably take away from cheerleading is teamwork, working together as a team and trying to reach that goal and just trying to win,” said Sagapolu. “At Wisconsin, we will work together as a team and make it to the Big Ten championship. Knowing that your brother is right there by your side and teamwork is definitely something I have learned, even more so from cheerleading.”

24 comments:

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

This is an outrage!

What next?

Rosey Grier taking up needlepoint???

rehajm said...

The women on the Boston College cheer squad recruited senior men from the rugby team, and it's become tradition for the guys.

Nichevo said...

President Bush was a cheerleader. Why is this news?

Bob Ellison said...

That's an uplifting story in more ways than one.

jacksonjay said...

Trolling Laslo. Come-in Laslo.

traditionalguy said...

Rick Perry was a cheerleader. Now he is again
relegated to the Cheer Squad before the real game on Fox News

Give me a T....

Unknown said...

Don't all colleges and universities (with a football program) have male cheerleadres? I fully expected the article to feature a 'trans' cheerleader.

Coupe said...
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Coupe said...

I think a 300 pound 6'2" male athlete can do just about anything he wants, whenever he wants. I think he's cheating with that scrawny little girl though. I could lift her :-)

Conserve Liberty said...
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Conserve Liberty said...

What's the big deal? I was an ACC Divison 1 Cheerleader in the 70's - it was a full Letter sport with regular daily practices, training table, paid coaches, travel budget, supplied uniforms, behavior codes - the real deal.

Men did just what this young man describes; we supported the women in their dance and stunt routines and supported the University at Alumni Events and by making other public appearances.

The University considers me a 'Former Athlete' on the Alumni Roster and regularly solicits me for atletic scholarship support over and above general alumni solicitations.

Curious George said...

"“At Wisconsin, we will work together as a team and make it to the Big Ten championship."

Better hope you don't face Ohio State in the finals. Because your dreams end there.

David Begley said...

Enjoyed the Badger basketball team and the cheer squad in Omaha for March Madness.

Tom Tucker said...

That was me, I played a year of football in college, and then moved down the sideline and cheered the next three years. I echo his comments on teamwork and the overall experience. It takes a tremendous amount of trust to allow yourself to be thrown seven feet in the air - strike and hold a position that will result in serious injury if you fall - and know that your partner will always catch you. It was the most equal, honest and respectful relationship I'd ever had with a woman.

Achilles said...

My brother did the male cheer thing in college. Smaller school though with normal sized girls. That guys form is not so good. You can have bad form when the girls are 90 pounds.

LarsPorsena said...

In high school one of my daughters was the cheer squad's designated 'flyer'.
In four years she accumulated more injuries and orthopedic bills than most of the members of the football team. The female squad members did not have the muscle strength for tossing and catching.

David said...

Finally a man incapable of micro aggression. This dude is not micro anything.

Bill R said...

I know a gentleman who made the same choice. "They are out there getting their skulls crushed. I'm on the sidelines with a girl's thighs pressed against my ears."

Makes sense.

Anonymous said...

I think two of my boys are going to go this route. They are good gymnasts, but they won't be good enough to get a Gymnast scholarship. But they should be good enough to get a cheerleader scholarship.

William said...

I admire the courage of that young girl. She stands on the palm of his hand and his arm is stretched high above his head. That's an unstable platform and a drop of seven to eight feet. You can only do that so many times before you fall. I would feel very tense and preoccupied in such a situation, but she has to smile and pretend it's fun. I hope she gets a full scholarship for her troubles.

Laslo Spatula said...

I addressed this when I wrote of my Assistance at Cheerleader Camp.

CarlF said...

Ann can confirm that until the 1969, the University of Michigan football only had male cheerleaders, primarily recruited from the swimming team.

cubanbob said...

The guy is getting laid out of this. Period. End of story. Not that there is anything wrong with that. However due to his size he better get the girl or girls on the team to sign a consent agreement that is witnessed and notarized just in case.

Just Mike said...

Olive?