Cheering for one’s favorite sporting team is probably as old as sports itself. However, cheering was always something done quite spontaneously by supporters of certain teams as a mode of encouragement and a show of support to their teams. As time passed, it became a hugely important part of the culture surrounding sports. Cheering as an organized activity began since the latter part of the 19th century. Princeton University’s ‘Princeton Cheer’ is probably the first famous cheer that came out of the United States’ university-level sports.
Nowadays, cheerleading is a hugely important activity at sporting events throughout the United States. To capitalize on the popularity of cheerleading in today’s world, it has become the subject of quite a number of films and televisions shows. Lifetime came out with a series called ‘Cheerleader Nation’ in 2006. The series centers around the cheerleaders of the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, especially the mother-daughter duo of Donna Martin and Ryan O’Connor. The same school, along with Donna and Ryan, is now the backdrop of Lifetime’s series ‘Cheerleader Generation’.
Cheerleader Generation Cast: Who is in it?
The series centers around a mother-daughter duo who have been involved in organized cheerleading throughout their lives. A veteran in her business, Donna Martin is the cheerleading coach at the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Her daughter, Ryan O’Connor, is the Ole Miss Cheerleading’s head coach. This is not the first time that the mother-daughter duo is appearing in front of the camera for a reality TV series on them. In 2006, Lifetime’s ‘Cheerleader Nation’ was also made around this dynamic duo.
Donna Martin has been the cheerleading coach at Dunbar for over 30 years. Ryan enrolled in the same school and learnt all about her profession from her mother. Later, Ryan went on to be a part of the cheerleading squad at the University of Alabama. Later, she took after her mother’s footsteps and became a cheerleading coach at the college circuit.
The first time the duo was featured on television was in the MTV documentary called ‘True Life’. The producer of the documentary, Laurie Girion herself later contacted them once again for the series ‘Cheerleader Nation’. Girion is working with them on ‘Cheerleader Generation’ as well. Regarding how the series came about, Ryan said, “Girion called last spring and said it would be really fun to come back and do a show where we’re both coaching. We wouldn’t have said yes to doing something like this if we didn’t know the producer, and know she was someone who understood cheerleading and respected the schools we work for.”
Cheerleader Generation Plot: What is it about?
‘Cheerleader Generation’ is basically about the intense and serious work that goes behind in the world of organized cheerleading. We get to see the ins and outs of preparations, the rigorous training that the cheerleaders need to go through, and in the process, we get to follow the work of two highly accomplished cheerleaders who happen to be a mother and her daughter.