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Thoughts on moving from Half-Year to Full-Year at Jayhawks

February 25, 2014

Dear Kelly and Jayhawks Staff,

As we are nearing the end of the season, I just wanted to write a quick note to thank you for encouraging Kendall to join a full year team this year.

Kendall has been on a recreational cheer squad since kindergarten and decided to try the half year team for the 2013 season. She loved her coaches and made many friends on her half-year team. Being on a half-year competition team enabled her to work on tumbling and stunting skills at a much higher level than she was ever able to do as a recreation cheerleader. After completing our half-year season (with 2 first place wins), we were torn between joining full year.  After a summer full of tumbling and encouragement from her coaches, we decided to join a full year team.

While we enjoyed half-year, we have noticed many differences between half-year and full-year, but some of our favorites are:

• First and foremost, you get to really see what being part of the Jayhawk family really means. Throughout the year there are Jayhawk events such as the pool party, season kickoff, pep rally and of course the competitions that bring the parents, kids and coaches together as a team and eventually a family.

• Secondly, the amount of time the children are in the gym enables them to quickly develop their skills and confidence to be able to compete against some of the best teams in the country.

• Not every day is the best day and you don’t always win first place. Kendall has grown so much in this area. She has learned that not everything comes easy and that sometimes you fall down, but what I love is that through the encouragement of her Jayhawk family and her own inner strength she has learned to persevere and try again. This is such an important life lesson that I think children learn by being in competitive sports.

We have really enjoyed watching Kendall grow this year and wanted to thank you and your staff for loving my child and making her first full year as a competitive cheerleader a success. Go Jayhawks!

Scottie Kirksey