Dads who drive their daughters to cheer practice and watch them proudly from the stands during games are awesome. Dads who know their daughter’s cheer squad’s entire routine? That’s a whole other level of support.
So it’s no surprise that a video of a very enthusiastic cheer dad has gone viral this week. It shows Rolland “Hekili” Holland from Yorktown, Virginia, whose daughter is on York High School’s cheerleading team, throwing himself into the school football experience by busting out the cheer moves from his spot on the bleachers at the Nov. 1 district championship game.
Scott Willard, the parent of a Falcons player, posted a video on Facebook of Holland’s dance routine in its entirety. So far, the clip has had almost 4 million views.
“This guy right here needs to go viral,” he captioned the video. “By far CHEER DAD OF THE YEAR!!!!!!! This dude rocks!!!”
Yes, Holland rocks — and he can dance. He told TODAY Parents that he asked his 15-year-old daughter Mackenzi to teach him the routine a few weeks ago, and that he practiced for 20 or 30 minutes at a time until he knew the moves.
And Holland, who describes himself as a “fun-loving guy” and admits to being “a little extra at times,” has clearly been paying close attention because he nails every single move, and even finishes the routine with chants of “Go Falcons!”
Of his now-viral video, Willard said he watched Holland for most of the game, performing his dance whenever the Falcons scored.
“I was thinking, this guy is rocking it,” Willard said. “It was the fourth quarter and York scored and he did it again. I leaned over to my wife and jokingly said, ‘If York scores again, I’m making this guy go viral.’ I honestly didn’t think it would.”
The viral video has provided some light relief to the Yorktown community this week, following a tragic car accident in which three players from another nearby high school were killed.
“There are three schools in our community that are really close to each other,” Holland told TODAY Parents.. “People have reached out saying this was what the community needed and that it provided a bit of hope and help with overcoming that sadness.”
As for Mackenzi, she couldn’t be happier that her dad’s support has caught the world’s attention.
“A lot of people think I would have been embarrassed but I’m really not,” she said. “I’m just proud that my dad’s here and that he’s doing everything with me.”
Here’s her cheerleading team in a picture she recently posted to Facebook.
Way to lift the community’s spirits and show support to your daughter, cheer dad!