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The Southern University Jaguars

The Jaguars are like both teams in Bring It On rolled into one. A historically black college squad, they are known equally for their great stunting and their hip-shaking choreography. The Jaguars have never won a National Championship, but in 2002 they came within two-tenths of a point of being the first black squad to win at NCA Nationals. Sadly, the team has not been able to travel back to Nationals since. For the past four years, they haven’t been able to raise the $17,000 it costs to make the trek. Cheer! follows the team as they struggle to get back to NCA Nationals. Will this be their year?

James Smith
James Smith
Head Coach
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Fact: When he was a cheerleader 14 years ago, he cheered for Southern’s arch-rival.
Jasmine
Jasmine Smutherman
Flyer
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Fact: Running for Miss Southern.
James
James Turner
Base
Hometown: Kenner, Louisiana
Fact: Is the first in his family to graduate from high school and go to college.
Tremayne
Tremayne Baker
Base
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Fact: Is the only member of the squad who’s been to “the castle.”
Tarianne
Tarianne Green
Flyer
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Fact: Wants five kids.
Jarel
Jarel Small
Base
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Fact: Dreams of making it as a backup dancer.
Chassity
Chassity Crittenden
Flyer
Hometown: Many—military family.
Fact: Dates the MVP quarterback.
Japaul
Japaul Winston
Base
Hometown: Lithonia, Georgia
Fact: Wears sunglasses indoors.
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