RALEIGH -- If you think you don’t need to be much of an athlete to be a cheerleader, Jessica Toney would like to set you straight.
Jessica, 16, a cheerleader at Green Hope High School in Cary, fears that people whose only exposure to cheerleading has been at football and basketball games have a misconception of what it’s all about.
“It’s a really athletic sport even though people don’t think it is,” said Jessica, who’s been cheerleading since she was 5. “A lot of people have never seen real cheerleading ... and have never been really exposed to what you can do.”
“Real cheerleading,” per Jessica’s definition, was displayed in all its glory Saturday at the Raleigh Convention Center. More than 2,200 cheerleaders on 119 teams from across the state competed in the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 10th annual invitational cheerleading championship at the Raleigh Convention Center.
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