Apr 25, 2024 - News

📣 One "Cheer" story to go

A woman wearing a "NAVARRO CHEER" shirt standing in front of bleachers

Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

A new Texas Monthly story shares the "shadowy side" of becoming a Netflix-famous cheerleading coach.

The big picture: Dallas-Fort Worth is an epicenter in the cheer world, per Texas Monthly.

Catch up quick: Netflix's "Cheer" portrayed Navarro College, about an hour from Dallas, as an underdog vying for the top spot at the National Cheerleaders Association College Nationals.

  • The first season was a pandemic-era hit, turning coach Monica Aldama and her students into celebrities.

Yes, but: The program has since been riddled with scandals.

  • One of the cheerleaders was sentenced to 12 years in prison for child pornography and soliciting sex with a minor. Season 2 followed the cheerleaders as they grappled with their teammate's arrest and their fame.
  • Last year, Aldama was accused of trying to cover up a sexual assault in a case that was later dismissed. And, this year, her son was arrested on child pornography charges.

The intrigue: Texas Monthly followed Aldama's experiences after "Cheer," including how she dealt with the coverup allegations that were dropped.

  • She retired from Navarro and accepted a job as vice president of a cheer company based in North Texas, per Texas Monthly.

The bottom line: "I don't really know what my calling is, but I'm listening, and I'm going to follow my heart," Aldama told the magazine.

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