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Cheerleader Karolyne Day on How #TheWorkIsWorthIt

To learn more, follow @ncacheer on Instagram and explore the hashtag #TheWorkIsWorthIt.

“You just have to love it,” says Karolyne Day (@karolyneday15) before heading onstage at the National Cheerleading Association All-Star National Championship. “It takes a lot of hours and determination to get through cheerleading. There’s a lot of pressure coming into a competition.” The 15-year-old from Houston started with her team Woodside Elite five years ago.

“We’ve been together for a few years, so we’ve all been close friends,” she says. “It helps that we’ve hung out outside of cheer and we all love the sport so much.” The intensity of a 2 ½-minute performance can be stressful so practicing stunts in the gym and exercise is crucial. “I pretty much come in almost every day.” Regardless of how stressed or tired she is, Karolyne’s passion is cheer and gymnastics tumbling. “It’s always been my stress reliever.”


Why do I feel like I’m being w a t c h e d?

So this is what I did today: I went down to the forest by my house, lantern-in-hand, and took a bunch of photos before returning home and drawin’ all over them.

Cosplay is of @littlestpersimmon ‘s Dallas Margolin (whom I love) from their comic @eeriecrests !

Dallas Wade by Christopher Marrs

Photographer: Christopher Marrs
IG: @christophermarrs

Flipping the Status Quo with Cheerleader Kylana Whitley

For more on Kylana’s life as a competitive athlete, follow @kylana_whitley on Instagram.

For the safety of athletes like 16-year-old competitive cheerleader Kylana Whitley (@kylana_whitley), intense practice and concentration is required. “We put all of our phones in a box during practice, so we can really concentrate on what we’re doing,” says Kylana, who does both tumbling (acrobatic flipping) and stunting (lifting people into the air). Kylana spends much of her day in school, but continues her hard work long after classes are finished. “I’m on my school’s cheer team, so I stay after school for that. Then I typically go home for 15 minutes before I go to my cheer gym for up to three hours, five times a week.”

When she’s not defying gravity, Kylana gathers motivation from the athletes around her, both on the mat and online. “Black Girls Cheer (@ officialblackgirlscheer) features African-American cheerleaders and inspirational quotes, which is a great way to represent the diversity of the cheerleading world,” says Kylana. “When we go to competitions, we’ll have cheerleaders from different countries, but everyone is coming together for the love of the sport.”


Nobody would high-five Jamie Benn after he got one past the goalie, so Radek Faksa had to step in and save the day.

Dallas Wade by Christopher Marrs

Photographer: Christopher Marrs
IG: @christophermarrs