How Cheerleading Changed My Life

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ESPN and cheerleading changed my life. No, not in the popularity and fame sort of way. You see, when I was in grade school, ESPN aired a cheerleading competition from Disney World. I was fascinated with the performances. To my luck, my Mom agreed to find me a gym to join the sport when I was in second grade.

Now, for many athletes, this story would continue on to tell about how the sport changed her life by teaching dedication, motivation, character building and leadership skills. Naturally, I would credit my involvement in competitive cheerleading with helping to build all those attributes in myself. However, it was one of my very lowest moments that led me to develop a passion for a professional nursing degree.

Six years later

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