CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- High school football players aren't the only ones preparing for the season, several cheerleading squads around Charlotte are gearing up for another football season.
Providence High School cheerleaders have been preparing the last couple of weeks for this 2011 season.
"This first week is a lot of work, because they have a lot to learn in a short amount of time, they only have eight days until the first game," Providence cheerleading coach Sandy Toth said. "We have probably 80 cheers, band dances, probably 8 or 9, so it's a lot."
Toth believes it's important for her squad to be ready to entertain the crowd and be an instrumental part of Friday nights.
"I think cheerleading as a sport has evolved through the years so much, and it's not just pompoms and girls standing around looking cute. They are athletes. The tumbling has really elevated. They're world class tumblers," she said.
"One thing that's so funny is the nostalgia that comes with Friday night football and cheerleading is the same as it was 50 years ago. And I think that's the appeal."