Nevada’s Stunt Guys

Alyssa Doyle reports on what’s known as stunting in cheerleading and those who do it for the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Nevada Stunt Team poses for a picture at the first home football game on Sep. 3 against Texas State. Photo provided by Savannah Hernandez. Stunting in cheerleading is basically building pyramids, ranging from what are known as “one-legged extended stunts” or “high-flying basket tosses.”
For Whitworth, holding cheerleader above, he views the stunt team as his family. “People don’t realize how much work we put in, or how much we care about the sport and the people that are in it,” Whitworth said. “That’s what people don’t understand, they are my family.”

A Family Feel

Jackson Norried holds his partner with one arm in a stunt called a cuppie. He focuses on balancing his stunt partner while pushing through his shoulder. Photo provided by Jackson Norried.

Reporting by Alyssa Doyle for the Reynolds Sandbox

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