Monthly Archives: September 2014

Meet The 2014-15 JAM Brands Social Media Team!

Dustin Reed

DUSTIN REED- Social Media Coordinator 

Hello, I’m Dustin Reed. I have done allstar cheer for 15 years. I was part of the California Allstars large coed for 3 seasons (2011 – 2014). From those 3 seasons, I won MAJORS in 2013 and received 2 silver World Championship medals in 2012 and 2014. I am in my 3rd year of college at Grossmont College in San Diego, CA. My goal is to one day become a successful event planner.

MELISSA ANDREN- Social Media Coordinator

Hey everyone! My name is Melissa Andren and I am from East Brunswick, New Jersey. I am 18 yearsMelissa Andren old and a freshman at the Rutgers University Business School planning to major in Marketing. This is my first year as a college cheerleader on the All-Girl Squad at Rutgers. I was an all star cheerleader for 11 years, and spent the last five seasons on World Cup All Stars. I was a World Cup Shooting Star for several years and had the best experiences of my life. I retired from all star cheerleading as a National Champion at many of the MAJOR national championship events. I am also a Bronze and Silver Medalist at the Cheerleading Worlds. Something interesting about me was that I represented JAM Brands and the MAJORS at a cheerleading camp in Santiago, Chile this past summer and had to speak in Spanish to teach the camp! I look forward to this upcoming season and I know it is going to be one of the best this industry has ever seen!

Lauren DavisLAUREN DAVIS- Social Media Coordinator 

Hi, I’m Lauren! I have been involved in cheerleading for seven years, three of those years being at Heat Athletics in Sussex, WI. I have had the opportunity to travel around the country and compete in many National competitions. I was a member of the nationally ranked team, Wildfire, and served as captain my senior year in high school. My favorite part about cheerleading is all of the lifelong friendships I’ve created! During the summer, I teach cheerleading camps and classes. I’m a sophomore at Iowa State University and am majoring in Marketing.

Phyllicia LindoPHYLLICIA LINDO- Social Media Coordinator 

Hi everyone! My name is Phyllicia Lindo. I’m from Northern, KY and I’m currently finishing up my last year at the University of Kentucky. My cheerleading background includes 6 years of school and all-star cheerleading. I have prior experience coaching younger level all-star teams, as well as being invited to try-out for one of the best college cheerleading programs in the nation. My favorite part about cheerleading is when teammates start feeling like family.

Competition Jitters

With summer now officially over, the best time of the year is quickly underway. Yep, you guessed it, competition season! Time to lace up your cheer shoes, break in your new uniforms, and approach those glorious purple mats for the first time this year. Unfortunately, along with the excitement of competitions, comes the jitters. That awful nerve racking feeling you get when your palms start sweating and you suddenly can’t remember the routine. Luckily for you, there are 3 easy steps to get over those dreadful jitters.

  • First things first, breathe. As obvious as it may sound, taking long, deep breaths and slowing your heart rate down is the easiest way to help get competition jitters under control.
  • Next, go over the routine in your head from start to finish. Go over every count, motion, and facial that you plan on doing while competing.
  • Lastly, with cheerleading being a team sport, the best thing to do is bond with your team before stepping out on the mat. Whether it’s chanting, team pep talks or praying, do whatever works for you and your team.

No other time of the year compares to competition season. Don’t let jitters ruin one of the best experiences you’ll ever have. Don’t forget these 3 easy steps and you’ll go from jitters to rocking your routine out like a professional!ef45b27a6e0acae689604cb8953df4c4