Lucas began learning how to be a cheerleader at the age of two, by watching videos of Jojo Siwa on YouTube.
Little Lucas first began his cheerleading training at the tender age of two. He taught himself how to tumble, cheer, and dance. Now, three years on, the joy he receives from cheerleading is unparalleled. When it was captured on video, the young one quickly went viral. His happiness was so infectious that other folks could not help but share his video. His parents are incredibly proud of Lucas, who inspires them every single day, Good Morning America reports.
The joy this 5-year-old boy gets from cheerleading is contagious 📣📣📣https://t.co/YT1ozVd487 pic.twitter.com/t9TIcfz88d— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 17, 2021
Lucas, now five years old, taught himself how to perfect his cheer moves by watching videos of Jojo Siwa on YouTube. Siwa, a dancer best known for appearing on two seasons of Dance Moms and her singles "Boomerang" and "Kid in a Candy Store," posts videos of her day-to-day life on YouTube. Evidently, she struck a chord with Lucas, who was very excited to practice tumbling, cheerleading, and dancing as he watched her wildly popular videos online.
As you can probably guess, his parents are very proud of everything he has accomplished at such a young age. In a statement to Good Morning America, his mother Kristi Coffey shared that Lucas was one of her biggest sources of inspiration. She said, "Our son inspires us in ways we never thought possible." However, his infectious energy and love for cheerleading have inspired not just his family, but folks all over the world.
When videos of Lucas cheerleading were shared online, social media users were quick to comment on just how adorable and inspirational the five-year-old is. While he may be little, he is very fierce. Cheerleading has traditionally been considered a sport for girls, but Lucas is definitely breaking through those gender stereotypes. However, this was not always the case. This is because cheerleading began at a time when most universities only admitted men. Then, when educational institutions began admitting women, they started joining cheer teams. There was, nonetheless, immense pushback.
It's interesting how, culturally, what could be interpreted as "cheerleading team" (応援団) in Japan is typically male-only & built on strict masculine hierarchy. Cheerleaders (typically only female) exist separately.— 箕島 綺譚 (they/them) 💖 Black Trans Lives Matter (@MishimaKitan) January 9, 2022
Pictured: A member of Waseda University 応援団 w/cheerleaders pic.twitter.com/07ey3CCJsW
Then, during World War II, men moved away from college and into military service. As a result, women overtook cheerleading teams and changed the sport. These days, most cheer teams are predominantly women, bar a few men who still participate in the sport. As little Lucas continues to tumble, cheer, and dance, he is shattering gender roles and expectations of what sports are "acceptable" for young boys. With his parents' continued support, he is sure to inspire dozens of others to do the same.