Cheerleading as a Springboard

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Actors, singers, comedians, and politicians: what do these people have in common? It may surprise you to realize just how many celebrities were formerly involved with cheerleading or gymnastics programs. The truth is, having a background as a cheerleader or gymnast will give you confidence and capabilities that can be used throughout your life. Here are several examples of celebrities and professionals who used cheerleading or gymnastics as a springboard for their careers:

Actors and Singers

Cheerleading requires being on a stage of sorts, so is it any surprise that countless singers and actresses cheered for their junior high, high school, or college sports teams? Reese Witherspoon is one such famous example. In fact, as of a Vogue Magazine video interview in September 2014, Witherspoon can still do a backflip on her kids’ backyard trampoline. Other actresses who were cheerleaders include Jayma Mays (from Glee), Kirsten Dunst, Dakota Fanning, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lawrence. Additionally, Salma Hayek and Alison Caroll (Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider series) have strong backgrounds in gymnastics.

It may be easy for you to picture Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson as cheerleaders, but many other singers cheered as well, including Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Fergie, and Mandy Moore. Even though cheerleading originated in 1898 with only male participants, today females are much more likely to become cheerleaders. Still, Michael Douglas, Steve Martin, and Samuel L. Jackson also cheered for their respective teams.

Journalists, TV Personalities, and…Former Presidents?

Gymnastics and cheerleading help promote team activities as well as the idea of learning from your teammates. In addition, both contribute to being more outgoing, active, and friendly. These attributes are extremely valuable, and have contributed to many high profile careers outside of acting and singing.

Famed former Saturday Night Live comedian Amy Poehler was a cheerleader, as were journalists Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric. TV personalities who cheered include Rachel Ray, who hosts cooking shows, and Kelly Ripa, who co-hosts a morning show. In addition, a handful of United States Presidents have cheerleading and gymnast backgrounds, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush. As you can see, a background in gymnastics or cheerleading can give you poise, discipline, and collaborative skills beyond any routines and competitions.

Actors, singers, comedians, and politicians: what do these people have in common? It may surprise you to realize just how many celebrities were formerly involved with cheerleading or gymnastics programs. The truth is, having a background as a cheerleader or gymnast will give you confidence and capabilities that can be used throughout your life. Here are several examples of celebrities and professionals who used cheerleading or gymnastics as a springboard for their careers:

 

 

 

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