Mutual aid

Between halves at nearly every high school football game the cheerleading squads from both sides put on extended routines for a halftime show. The game between Stagg and Edison at Edison’s Magnasco Stadium was no different. As soon as the first half ended and the players made their way off the field, both cheerleading squads lined up in their respective sides of the field. Then they marched towards each other for a greeting and the Stagg squad, being from the opposing team, lined up to do their skit first.

They stood at the ready position waiting for their music to play over the P.A. system. And then they waited and waited. The announcer came on and said that they were experiencing some technical difficulties. At that point the Edison cheerleaders took upon themselves to help out. In unison they gave a repeating verbal, rhythmic count of eight: “one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight…” To that beat the Stagg team began their routine performing dance steps, jumps and lifts. They finished to the applause and cheers of the crowd and Edison cheerleaders.

Law enforcement and fire agencies have a system of helping each other out called mutual aid. It looks like cheerleaders do too.

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