The Great Cheerleader Shortage
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Over the years in campus ministry, I always put on a special push to reach football players, because, you know, they're pretty strategic people on campus. And there was one event that football players always enjoyed. We called it "The Great Cheerleader Put-On." What we would do is we'd invite in four cheerleaders and then four football players to be their coaches. You say, "What? Coaches for what?" Well, we brought in most of the pieces of football gear: shoulder pads, knee pads, hip pads, helmet. And then we wanted to see which cheerleader could get fully dressed in a football uniform first.
You know, it's not always easy to figure out where all that stuff goes if you've never put one on before. Now, the football player was their coach. He couldn't touch her, and he couldn't touch the equipment. He had to be just verbal in his instruction. And once those girls got all the equipment on, it was pretty clear that they would not be taking the field next week. No, they're not players, but they do play a valuable part on behalf of those who are. They cheer, they encourage—even if, well sometimes they don't know the difference between offense and defense. That's okay. They encourage; they stir up support when the players need it the most. And man, do we need those kind of people!