Cheerleading is an athletic sport. Like many sports, it takes strength, endurance, teamwork, discipline and dedication. In addition to these skills, athletes who choose to be a part of the Spotswood High School squad will develop many life skills: balance, goal setting, sportsmanship, leadership, cooperation, teamwork, self-motivation and self-confidence. Athletes ought to be challenged to reach their full potential and encouraged to develop emotional maturity. It is the purpose of the Spotswood High School cheer team to promote and uphold team spirit, to develop good sportsmanship by example, and to support good relations in the community and between teams and squads. Within the program, players will be treated as daughters/sons first, students second and athletes third—it is the goal of the program to develop and utilize the whole person, not just the athlete.
Jackie Cassidy began her coaching career in 2013 as the Memorial Middle School Cheerleading Coach. Since then, she has coached the JV Fall Cheerleading team, the Winter Varsity Cheerleading team and Competitive Cheerleading team. She has also been the assistant coach for the Middlesex County All-Star cheerleading squad in the Snapple Bowl for the past four years. Coach Cassidy has experience cheering at the High School and All-Star level, where she traveled nationally to compete against teams for National Titles. Outside of cheering, Coach Cassidy is an elementary school teacher at Schoenly School, where she has taught both First Grade and Kindergarten.