(Atlanta) - This is not a typical gym class. The students are homeschooled. Twice a week they come to Crown Athletics for a work out. Cheerleading is one of nine athletic programs offered to more than 200 students.
Courtney Breaden says, "I never thought I would cheerlead because I'm homeschooled, you know, but I really like it a lot." The 14 year-old says when she's not in class, she's required to practice at home and keep a log.
Even though most states require home schooled kids to follow academic standards, many don't have PE requirements. Some homeschooled students go to the local gym, others are allowed to participate in public school athletics. And then some parents go looking for alternatives to keep their kids fit.
"We want our kids to feel good about themselves, you know, inwardly we're working on their hearts. But we also want them to feel good about their outward bodies and to keep strong and healthy" says parent Sandra Breaden.
Breaden says when her twin daughters were younger she could send them outside to play. Now that they're teenagers, they want to be with their friends. Being part of a team allows them to socialize and stay fit at the same time.