The stars of hit Netflix series Cheers were dealt a devastating blow when their season was brought to a sudden end as a result of the coronavirus – and now the young cheerleaders have shared their heartbreak with the world after saying their final goodbyes to one another.
In a series of emotional Instagram posts, some of the show’s best known faces opened up about their grief at watching their competition season come to an end before they had the chance to compete at this year’s National Championships in Daytona – which were called off earlier this week.
22-year-old Morgan Simianer, one of the most-loved stars of the hit series, took to social media to share images and videos from the team’s final practice, many of which show the cheerleaders sobbing hysterically.
Devastation: The stars of Netflix hit Cheer shared devastating videos and images from their final practice, after their season was brought to an abrupt end as a result of the coronavirus
Heartbreaking: Four of its stars, who are now seniors, were pictured sobbing uncontrollably as they said their final farewells
Gutting: (left to right) Shannon Woolsey, Morgan Simianer, TT Barker and Dillon Brandt are all in their final year at Navarro College and will not have the chance to cheer for the school again
‘Family’: The foursome also posed with their beloved coach Monica Aldama (center)
At the same time, the talented athlete seemed to suggest that she will not cheer again after finishing up her time at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.
‘Navarro College Cheer, you are my everything,’ she wrote on Instagram. ‘My heart hurts that I won’t cheer again.
‘I’m so thankful for the bonds I’ve created and the memories that I’ll carry with me forever. Thank you for shaping me into the person I am today. Thank you for providing a family for me and showing me all that this life has to offer.’
She concluded: ‘I’m going to miss everything about this. The program. The people. Everything,’ before signing off with the team’s slogan, FIOFMU.
Morgan then added on Twitter: ‘My heart hurts, at least I have these people with me for the rest of my life.’
Images shared by the cheerleader and her teammates show Morgan, TT Barker, Shannon Woolsey, and Dillon Brandt holding one another while crying; an additional photo shows the foursome posing with their beloved coach Monica Aldama.
The end of an era: Morgan, 22, seen third from right, also shared video from the team’s final practice, showing the group holding hands and sobbing
Prayer: Someone said through tears, ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference’
Ritual: The prayer has become a team chant, and they were regularly seen reciting it as a group after practices and competitions
On her Instagram Stories, Morgan also shared videos of the team having their final huddle, in which they are all seen holding hands as someone off camera can be heard saying through tears: ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.’
The team were heard saying the prayer regularly throughout the Netflix show after practices and competitions, however fans will no doubt find this clip far more poignant and emotional given the circumstances.
Jerry Harris, another one of the most popular stars on the show, shared a team image on Instagram, showing all of the cheerleaders gathered together in the gym for the final time.
‘My family forever and always,’ he wrote. ‘This isn’t a goodbye… it’s a see you soon.’
Shannon meanwhile took to Twitter to share her feelings, writing: ‘Spending your last and final year working so hard just to get it all taken away.
‘I love you guys so much and I’m so happy we got to spend our last year together.
Goodbye: Jerry Harris, another one of the stars, shared a team photo, while saying that they are his ‘family forever and always’
Forever: Morgan also posted on Twitter, writing that she will ‘have these people with me for the rest of my life’
Frustration: Shannon shared her upset that all of the work the team has put into training for the championships was ‘taken away’
‘And to the others that couldn’t be here today, I love you guys forever. BT3CHR – best rookie class ever.’
Earlier this week, many of the team members shared their devastation at the news that the National Championships in Daytona, Florida, had been canceled.
Varsity Spirit issued a statement canceling all future events for ‘at least the next eight weeks of the 2020 competition,’ much to the dismay of the cheerleaders at Navarro College.
The organization wrote: ‘As you may have seen, the CDC just announced their recommendation to cancel or postpone events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.
‘With that recommendation, we have made the decision to not proceed as planned with scheduled events for at least the next eight weeks of the 2020 competition season.’
The events previously scheduled include the NCA and NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance National Championship.
Crying her heart out: Shannon said she had ‘uncontrollable tears’ over Daytona being canceled
Done: Dillon said it breaks his heart that this has happened after an amazing year
The release included: ‘We are actively exploring all options, including rescheduling events, extending the competition season, and hosting virtual competitions, to continue to provide a competition experience for the thousands of athletes who have worked so hard this year to compete.’
Cheerleader La’Darius Marshall wrote that the cancellation of the premier competition ‘isn’t goodbye’ for the cheer squad.
‘Daytona you will be missed and greatly appreciated,’ he wrote on Instagram. ‘I love everyone one of my teammates and all the love we shared.
‘The end of my cheerleading career has come a bit early. For everyone who supported me all this way I want to say thank you and I love you. I’m heartbroken for my team and coaches.’
Coach Monica responded in the comments, writing: ‘My heart is breaking!!!! I love you forever!!!!’
Dillon admitted that he was sad the season had to com to a close so soon, but was hopeful for the future as he shared a photo from last year’s competition when the team won and celebrated with an ocean dive including the trophy.
No go: Varsity Spirit issued a statement canceling all future events for ‘at least the next eight weeks of the 2020 competition,’ much to the dismay of the cheerleaders at Navarro College
Stopping: It wrote, ‘As you may have seen, the CDC just announced their recommendation to cancel or postpone events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks’
‘Daytona is officially cancelled….as it breaks my heart to type this out…..it’s over,’ he wrote. ‘
This amazing year has come to an end, but no matter what the dreams don’t stop here, I’m truly thankful for everything that has come from this…Dawgs are forever.’
Shannon shared in her sorrow and joy of being on the squad despite trying times.
‘As I’m typing this with uncontrollable tears running down my face, i can’t help but think about how bad i just want one more performance with navarro cheer,’ she wrote. ‘The amount of love i have for this program is indescribable.
‘I can’t wrap my head around daytona being cancelled and the season ending way too early, but College cheerleading you did me extremely well & i will miss you more than anything.
‘To all the newbies coming to navarro in the future, treasure the time you have there, you will NEVER get anything like it again.’
The Navarro cheer squad claims 14 National Championships in the last two decades in addition to five NCA Grand National Championships since 2012; the team became a household name after their Netflix documentary was released earlier this year.