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‘Cheer’ star coach is ‘heartbroken’ that season ended due to coronavirus

'I was not ready to say goodbye so quickly.'


Samantha Shaps


Posted on Mar 19, 2020   Updated on Mar 19, 2020, 3:40 pm CDT

Monica Aldama, the college coach who starred in the Netflix documentary Cheer, spoke out on Instagram Wednesday about the early end of the cheerleading season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Aldama wrote that she’s “heartbroken.”

Cheer, which first aired on Netflix in January, is a six-episode documentary series that follows the “ups and downs” of Navarro College’s competitive cheer squad as they work to win a national title.

In her Instagram post, Aldama wrote that the National Cheerleaders Association canceled its championship competition in Daytona Beach, Florida, due to precautions regarding coronavirus.

“I was not ready to say goodbye so quickly,” Aldama wrote. “I was not mentally prepared for the team to turn in their things and leave town. I want to thank the kids for pouring everything they had into this entire year…They are fighters and have always given me 100%.”

Fans are sending support to Aldama and her cheer squad on Twitter.

Some expressed that they appreciate having the show to watch during self-quarantine.

Aldama did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.

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*First Published: Mar 19, 2020, 3:39 pm CDT