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Give me a D-A-D.

Some dads really know how to bring it on.

Especially the Utah dads who took part in the first ever Cedar High School “Cheer Dad Jump Off Competition.”

After seeing the way they supported their daughters from the sidelines, Coach Danielle Lasson and her assistant coach decided to put these fathers in the spotlight and get them even more involved. What better way then with their very own cheerleading competition?

When the big day came, the “cheer dads” were more than ready to strut their stuff—showing off impressive herkies and toe touches (even a cartwheel throw into the mix) plus re-creating a choreographed routine.

Some even came dressed to impress: cheerleading skirts, pom poms, the whole nine yards. After all, any lack of skill can be compensated with the right amount of flair.

The idea turned out to be not just entertaining, but a special father-daughter bonding moment.

Lasson told USA Today, “It was so fun hearing about the girls getting their dads ready for the competition, and some even taught them all the techniques and motions to do a proper jump.”

In another interview with Good Morning America, she added, “To hear teenage girls be excited to spend time with their dads was really cool for us.”

And though only one champion took home first prize (congrats Vaughn Cottam, that cartwheel served you well!), they are all winning the internet with their wholesome and hilarious video.

You can check it out below, complete with “Disney style fanfare music” that really adds a special touch.

@cedarcheer Cedar High’s first annual Cheer Dad Jump Off! The competition was sure fierce! #fyp#cheer#cheerdads#cheerleaders♬ Disney-style fanfare-style BGM - harryfaoki

Yep, these dads brought their A-game. And we love them for it.


1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.


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Canva, courtesy of Danielle Kirk

Appalachian mom gives passionate speech.

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Danielle Kirk, 27, a mom of two and an activist on TikTok, used her voice in an attempt to educate the people that make decisions in her small town. Kirk lives in Kentucky where a trigger law came into effect immediately after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Being a former foster child, she knew she had to say something. Kirk spoke exclusively with Upworthy about why she decided to speak up.

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