Posted May 2, 2021
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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a celebration of the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to our history, culture, and achievements. This May, Varsity Spirit is recognizing coaches and staff who have helped pave the way and made a difference in the lives of their athletes, while embracing their Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage.
Hanna Factor – Current Coach at Ridge High School and Seaton Hall University, Former UCA Staff Instructor
“Being a Filipina has shaped the person I am today because I’ve learned how important representation is, not only in sports, but in life in general. Growing up, I was always looking for people who looked like me to look up to and be inspired by, and now, I feel I can help by being that person for others. I remember my first year coaching at SHU, during my first practice with the team, when one of my incoming freshmen, who was also of Asian descent, came up to me and showed me a photo of her in high school standing next to me when I was a UCA Camp Instructor. She told me how she wanted to take a photo with me because I, too, was Asian. That moment was so fulfilling because just by being one of her staffers at camp, I was able to help her feel like she belonged and that she could be successful in the cheerleading world!”
Megan Seeley – Current Coach of Papillion LaVista South Dance Team and No Limits All Stars
“This year, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month means more than ever before. I have always been proud of my Asian American background, but oftentimes would attempt to conceal it to prevent any discriminatory comments or racism. With the rise in racial crime and the recent incidents of Asian hate, I am saddened to live in this world at this time, but also empowered to share my story and bring awareness and visibility. I believe that this year, AAPI month gives me a chance to speak out about my experience and encourage empathy and social justice to those discriminated against. I share my perspective to pave the path for my future children and for future Asian leaders to encourage change. Living as an Asian American is something I will never regret or hide. The qualities that make us diverse should be celebrated because it makes the world a more exciting and interesting place. “
Analisa Price – Current Coach at CheerForce San Diego (NFINITY & FRENZY)
“Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the beauty of our people. It’s a time to gather, a time to share memories. It’s an opportunity to teach and learn our history and traditions.”
Celia Kiogima – Current Head Cheer and STUNT Coach at Davenport University
“Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a celebration of beautiful cultures and traditions. It takes time to recognize and honor the incredible influence that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have on the American culture and way of life.”
“Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month means that because of the contributions and influence that this community has had in the US, I can be unapologetically me, confident in my skin, and feel empowered to accomplish any of the goals I set for myself. It means that I have the responsibility of representing my Filipino culture and Asian heritage, while inspiring others like me.” – Hannah Factor
It's been a fun weekend at The 2021 D2 Summit in Orlando, Florida! These athletes have worked hard all season long and their hard work has paid off at this prestigious end-of-season event. The Level 2 Senior Medium division stood out this weekend and conquered the unimaginable! Every team in Finals finished their season with a zero deduction routine.
Junior Level 1 is known to be one of the most technical divisions at the 2021 D2 Summit. With 36 teams taking on the Level 1 Junior Small Wild Card division, it was the largest division at the competition and a fight to the finish for these talented athletes!
It's time to take the mat one last time to compete in Finals at The D2 Summit 2021! This weekend, Quest Athletics from Pine Bush, New York came to The D2 Summit with winning on their minds.
All the teams competing this weekend at The D2 Summit 2021 have looked incredible but ten talented teams have stood above the rest earning the highest performance scores from the Wild Card round of the championship.
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