‘Cheer’ Coach Monica Aldama Responds to Daytona Competition Being Canceled: ‘I Am Heartbroken’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Monica Aldama

When Netflix launched the world to the Navarro College cheerleading workforce and their coach Monica Aldama, many viewers fell in love. The six-part documentary Cheer advised the story of the junior school cheer workforce’s journey to the National Cheerleaders Association’s Collegiate National Championship in Daytona, Florida in 2019. Sadly, this yr the Navarro College Cheer workforce gained’t be capable to compete in Daytona. Varsity Sports not too long ago canceled Daytona as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Aldama not too long ago shared her emotions concerning the resolution on Instagram.

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Monica Aldama attends the Build Series to debate Cheer in January 2020 | Jim Spellman/Getty Images

Daytona cheer championship canceled in 2020

Earlier this month, Varsity Spirit revealed the information that every one occasions scheduled for the subsequent eight weeks can be canceled. Their Mar. 15, 2020, assertion learn:

As you’ll have seen, the CDC introduced their suggestion to cancel or postpone occasions with 50 or extra individuals for the subsequent eight weeks. With that suggestion, Varsity Spirit has made the choice to not proceed as deliberate with scheduled occasions for no less than the subsequent eight weeks.

Monica Aldama, Carissa Culiner, Morgan Simianer, and La’Darius Marshall on the Daily Pop set | Aaron Poole/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank through Getty Images

They added that they have been optimistic issues might change.

“We are hopeful this situation will improve, and we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation,” the assertion continued.

The solid of the Netflix present react to the information concerning the cheerleading competitors

The Navarro Cheer workforce was disillusioned to overlook out on the championship. La’Darius Marshall, one of many standout personalities from the Netflix collection, wrote an Instagram post about ending his cheer profession.

“This isn’t goodbye Navarro 2020, it’s see you later,” Marshall wrote. “Daytona you will be missed and greatly appreciated. I love everyone one of my teammates and all the love we shared.”

Since many cheerleaders don’t have alternatives to observe or compete within the sport previous the faculty stage, Marshall is saying goodbye to the game as a complete. The Cheer star continued in his Instagram caption:

The finish of my cheerleading profession has come a bit early. For everybody who supported me all this fashion I wish to say thanks and I like you. I’m heartbroken for my workforce and coaches … I by no means acquired to say goodbye to my brothers and sisters however I do know all of us love one another dearly. 

‘Cheer’ coach Monica Aldama responds to NCA cancelation on Instagram

The coach with essentially the most, the “Queen of Cheer,” as CNN Sport reported Aldama is thought, was additionally unhappy to see the 2020 competitors season finish. But she acknowledged that the present scenario known as for the powerful resolution. Aldama shared on Instagram:

I’m heartbroken with the circumstances that the world is at the moment going through … Because of this pandemic, the Navarro Cheer workforce’s season has come to an finish. Sunday night Varsity made a call to cancel the NCA Collegiate National Championship in Daytona Beach, FL. This resolution was inevitable as issues have progressed and our nation is in unsure occasions.

Aldama is devastated to overlook out on the remainder of the cheer season.

“My heart … is breaking for the lost memories and the lost time with my beautiful team,” she continued. “I was not ready to say goodbye so quickly.” The Cheer coach gave all of the gratitude to her hardworking Navarro cheerleaders:

I wish to thank the children for pouring all the things they’d into this complete yr – for the late nights- the games- the group service- the vacations given up. They are fighters and have at all times given me 100%. Their routine was so stunning and their work ethic was bar none.

Aldam mentioned she wasn’t used to the sensation of not having a backup plan.

“I have always been able to control the narrative and resort to plan B or C or even Z,” the Cheer star wrote. “For the first time in my life, I had no control and my life has been a roller coaster over the past week.” However, she completed on a constructive notice.

“What I do know,” Aldama wrote, “is that we will be back better than ever!!!” She concluded her Instagram message with a prayer.

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