College Cheerleader's Enthusiastic Routine Goes Viral
So, how is your Monday morning going? Well, here's something that might cheer you up a bit.
Video footage has emerged that shows a male cheerleader for whom every Monday morning is probably more like a Saturday night.
His name is LaDarius Marshall and he cheers on the side-lines at Navarro College in Texas. His coach decided to film his efforts to show off how sick he is, and everyone should be very thankful that he did.
He is only supposed to be standing there and clapping, but how boring would that be? LaDarius takes the direction and runs off with it, turning everything into a massively overstated dance move.
On top of that, he then performs what looks like it would be a pretty difficult lift for the rest of us mere mortals.
During the routine he can be seen whipping his hair - imaginary hair, to be quite honest with you - back and forth in a way that would make Willow Smith proud.
His expressions alone are worth the entry fee. The guy is mad with it, and it's quite fantastic. Right before the final stunt, he pulls off a pose that makes the whole thing.
Fair play to him, it looks like a lot of fun.
Since it was filmed, the video has gone viral and been viewed more than 12 million times.
The attention has worked its way back to LaDarius, who told the Panama City News Herald: "I honestly feel so loved. I feel that I made so many people's days better and happier,
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"I feel God working through me to cheer someone else up in their time of need."
Well, I'm not sure if Monday morning blues necessarily count as a 'time of need' but he'll certainly do his bit for everyone today.
Marshall was a 2017 high school graduate and received a (richly deserved) cheerleading scholarship to the Navarro Junior College.
He said that his sister was responsible for his love of cheer, and that his aunt also helped give him the encouragement to keep going with it.
He continued: "I got interested when my older sister tried to teach me how to tumble,
"There was a guy on her team who was the first guy I've ever seen cheerleading ever. I watched him and learned some skills along the way while maintaining football and track.
"You meet so many people who inspired you to cheer, feeling the lights, adrenaline and support for your team makes competing so much more than winning."
Not only does he cheer to such a high level, he also coaches. He added: "Coaching for me means so much to my heart,
"I live through my kids because of the passion I exude. My favorite part about coaching is when I see my kids conquering their goals and pushing past baddies they never thought they could reach."
What a LAD. Keep it up, LaDarius.
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