To The Best Number One Cheer Dad There Ever Was

Today’s the day that we get to honor the most important men in ours lives. It’s Father’s Day! And for me, I’m not just thankful for my daddy, but for the best number one cheer dad there ever was.

My middle school, high school and college cheerleading days wouldn’t be the same without my dad. He always brought fun and excitement to whatever event we were at. 

He’s the type of cheer dad that would show up out of nowhere just to cheer you on and show his support. He even followed my team and I to warm-ups on Finals Day at College Nationals my Senior year cheering at the University of Alabama. And you best believe he had that crimson and white shaker in his hand at all times! (That thing never left his side.) 

If I ever wondered where my family was sitting during a performance, I would look towards the back and find my dad standing in a chair waving his “spirit fingers” in the air. And yes, he thinks that’s a real thing.

His two cheer dad accessories that he was never seen without were his crimson and white shaker along with his Alabama hat that had “Cheer Dad” printed on the back. When everyone saw him, they knew instantly whose dad he was!

My mom and dad hardly ever missed a game, including the playoff and National Championship games. Every game before we ran the team out, I would look up in the area where my parents had seats and wave. Even if I couldn’t find them in the sea of crimson and white, I knew they could see me.

My parents tailgated and prepared food for the whole team at every home game while I was at the University of Alabama. My dad was a master at the grill and the top tailgate host on the entire Quad alongside my mom.

My parents had season tickets to the football games, but you would hardly ever find my dad sitting in his seat. He more than likely found his way into the student section just so he could stand right in front of me during the games! He always found his way to the front. He showed up on the jumbotron about as much as the cheerleaders did.

My daddy has always been a top supporter of mine, even when I have failed. And still to this day, he never fails to show my sister and I how much we mean to him. My daddy still cheers me on through life, and he’s the best at it.

I will miss seeing my dad walk up to the gate with his shaker, and of course his spirit fingers. My days of cheering might be over, but he still is and will always be number one cheer dad!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the cheer dad’s out there, but most importantly, to my dad, the number one cheer dad!

By Millery Null

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