One Reddit user who obviously doesn’t live in the States was quite interested in how the whole cheerleader thing works. Was it like the movies, he wanted to know, when they are rivals with the cheerleading squads of other schools?
I can’t vouch for all American schools, obviously, but cheerleading is a big deal. It’s not just about cheering for your school sports team or excelling at gymnastics. There are prestigious cheerleading competitions that teams will travel to and they do have rival squads who they want to beat. It’s a strenuous sport itself, after all.