Homecoming is an event that every student looks forward to. This year, my thoughts were a little bit different. Don’t get me wrong, I love homecoming but it did not go as I planned. The week events went great. Redbird Rumble was a blast with my team and my co-ed team brought home the win! The alumni luncheon was a good networking event for the team. The alumni amaze me. The school spirit they have is still high, similer to current students. Friday night was when it all went downhill for me.
The team was preparing for the bonfire and we were all so excited. That night, we also held an ISU Cheerleading alumni open gym where past cheerleaders could come back and do what they do best: cheer. Right before going out to the bonfire, I got injured during a stunt. I’ve never felt pain like I experienced the other night. People always say cheerleading is not a sport and we do not work hard. Like all sports, we still experience injuries that are threatening. I ended up having an extreme ankle sprain along with a strained muscle in my left foot. I just want to say one thing, thank goodness for the athletic trainers. Honestly, without their help I don’t know what would have happened. I was fitted for a boot and I’m stuck with it for a week, if I’m a good patient.
On Saturday, I went into the day with a sour attitude. I was not looking forward to riding in the parade instead of walking. I was not looking forward to sitting out on my favorite game day. During the game, I realized that I am very lucky. My ankle could have been broken. I could be a part of an unsupportive team. Every single teammate was there for me. They were constantly asking if I needed anything or needed to be carried somewhere since I couldn’t walk.
Looking back, I can’t imagine the day going any better. I was able to sit on the bell during the parade with Reggie and throw out candy. No fan or anyone at the parade cared that I had a boot on my leg. I was able to sit and watch my team during the game do what we do and watch the Redbirds win. I couldn’t be more proud of my team for adapting to me being gone. I am very lucky to have such an amazing and supportive team.
Homecoming didn’t go like I wanted, it went better.