Cheerleading is an incredible activity that combines leadership, athleticism, and entertainment. Just like any other athletic activity, cheerleading fosters teamwork, dedication, and life skills that will prepare its participants for the challenges of adult life. But because of its unique leadership characteristics, cheerleaders get the added benefits of practicing communication skills, poise, and crowd management as leaders at their schools. Third-12th grade cheerleaders learn routines, perform, and practice once a week (except game weeks) after school from September through February. Cheerleaders attend a majority of the basketball games, pep assemblies, spirit week, and homecoming.