Thanks to COVID-19, our cheer gym (like all others) had to close their doors and turn off the lights. Seeing that announcement post was definitely difficult and I think Abby and I both cried a little. Cheer means so much to Abby and being told that she couldn’t go to cheer, to tumbling, to her gym, see her coaches, her teammates, it was difficult for her to accept. As she tells me, cheer is where she belongs and where she fits in and she loves being at the gym.
We are exceptionally grateful our gym decided to go virtual and continue not only cheer practice via Zoom but also post virtual training videos weekly so the athletes can continue working on skills at home. It’s also wonderful to see the coaches and teammates each week!
So this has become our new normal for cheer. Practicing in the living room or outside on pretty days. We connect with teammates and her coach on Fridays via Zoom and even if all they do is chat, it’s so great for the kids!
And the virtual training videos have helped Abby so much with continuing to practice her tumbling skills she had already mastered as well as continuing working on new skills she was attempting to perfect when the gym doors closed. She’s gotten so much better at her handstand already!!
Being away from the gym is hard on all of us but we are just waiting
until “the lights come back on”. We are #EMPIRESTRONG