As the old saying goes, love knows no boundaries. That’s especially true for the love between a parent and child, and any parent will attest that they would do literally anything – in a desperate situation. But what about every other day? After a surprise performance that’s since gone viral, this cheer dad may have just given the phrase new life.
Of course, it’s not every day a dad gets to see his daughter perform the routine he’s seen her practicing day after day. In fact, he’s seen it so many times that he totally memorized it.
And…he might even be really good at it.
It all started when this enthusiastic dad did more than just show up for his daughter during her cheerleading performance for her first major football game: the York High School Falcons against the Warhill High School Lions in Yorktown, Virginia. Many families and friends in the audience jumped, clapped, and rooted along with the game. But this cheer dad only had eyes – and shouts of support – for his daughter.
Perhaps without even noticing, or because he just couldn’t help himself, some of the others in the crowd noticed that he was cheering along with his daughter…and he wasn’t missing a beat. It wasn’t long before someone took out their camera to get the surprise talent on film. But he was truly too into it to notice.
Scott Willard, the man in the stands who saw all the action going down and took it upon himself to film and share it with the rest of the world, wrote in a social media post: “This guy right here needs to go viral. By far CHEER DAD OF THE YEAR!” Willard wrote in the social media post. “This dude rocks!” Since his post, the footage has been viewed more than 4 million times. Holland later admitted to Good Morning America that he isn’t secretly dreaming of his own cheerleading career, he’s “just having fun – but, if this bring joy to folks then I’m happy to be that guy!”
Did he learn the cheer by accident? did he do it to help her? Or did he discover in himself a passion that he never knew existed?? We may never know, but at least we have this moment to cherish forever.