Daytona included.

By Christopher Luu
Updated Mar 19, 2020 @ 7:45 pm
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Now that sporting events, theater shows, big-time movies, and just about everything else has been put on hold, one very outspoken cheer coach wants her followers to know that she's in the same place. She's not mad, she's just disappointed. According to E! News Navarro College cheerleading coach Monica Aldama — and star of Netflix's Cheer — let her followers know that she's heartbroken that along with everything else, the NCA Championships in Daytona Beach were canceled.

"I am heartbroken with the circumstances that the world is currently facing," she wrote on Instagram. "We are in unprecedented times and everyone needs to take precautions for the safety of one another. Because of this pandemic, the Navarro Cheer team's season has come to an end. Sunday evening Varsity made a decision to cancel the NCA Collegiate National Championship in Daytona Beach, FL. This decision was inevitable as things have progressed and our country is in uncertain times."

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She continued, saying that the process of getting all the uniforms back from her team, packing things up, and sending everyone home made everything real. She was most disappointed for her students, who worked hard to compete — anyone familiar with the Netflix series knows just how hard.

"I was not ready to say goodbye so quickly," she continued. "I was not mentally prepared for the team to turn in uniforms, pack their things and leave town. I want to thank the kids for pouring everything they had into this entire year—for the late nights-the games-the community service-the holidays given up. They are fighters and have always given me 100%. Their routine was so beautiful and their work ethic was bar none."

Fans know that Aldama's always prepared, but even she admitted that she had no idea things would get to where they are today.

"I have always been able to control the narrative and resort to plan B or C or even Z," she finished. "For the first time in my life I had no control and my life has been a roller coaster over the past week. What I do know is that we will be back better than ever!!!'"

The team may not have Daytona this year, but fans will always have Cheer. And, of course, there's always next year.

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