The Story Behind Helen The Pineapple

What does a pineapple, a set of gold poms, and a team from Miami all have in common?

They are all 2018 International Open Large Coed Level 5 world champions!

In honor of today being #NationalPineappleDay, we are giving you the inside scoop behind Top Gun OO5’s beloved mascot: Helen The Pineapple!


Top Gun coach Jordan Hearn explained that, before Worlds 2018, one of the athletes on OO5 heard that in other countries, a pineapple was considered good luck. 

And when it comes to The Cheerleading Worlds, you take all the good luck you can get.

The IOLC5 team decided to bring their golden fruit with them to Orlando, put a bow it, and make it their mascot for Worlds. They then named her Helen because what else would you name cheerleading mascot fruit?

According to The Spruce, the sound of the Chinese word for pineapple is close to the sound of “good luck coming your way,” so the pineapple has become a popular traditional feng shui symbol of wealth, fortune, and prosperity.

OO5 had all the skills and talent they needed to earn the championship title this season, but we like to think Helen played a little part in earning the team's third gold globe.

Celebrate #NationalPineappleDay and take a look back at OO5 winning Worlds!

Meet The Team: Top Gun YOSO 2019-2020

 Top Gun’s “YOSO” may have dropped the “restricted,” but they kept their clever name, meaning "You Only Spin Once."

POLL: Most Memorable Win From The Cheerleading Worlds 2019

Summer is almost over and for many school is back in session. But you know what that means, competition season is right around the corner! 

USASF Announces New Cheer Rules For 2019-20 Season!

We had a great time at the 2019-2020 USASF Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada! Coaches and athletes from all over the country attended the meeting at The M Resort and the future of All Star cheer is bright!

USASF Introduces Novice Division For Dance

The 2019 USASF National Meeting is underway here in Las Vegas, Nevada and hundreds of coaches and industry professionals have joined together to elevate and grow All Star cheer and dance and prepare for the season ahead.

FloCheer's Favorite Shark Moments From Worlds 2019

It's everyone's favorite week of summer, Shark Week! 

Fins That Win: A Look Back At Our World Champ Sharks

They may not swim in the big blue sea but they dominate on the blue mat.

Highlights From The Inaugural USASF National Meeting

Last year, FloCheer took a road trip from Austin to Dallas to attend the inaugural USASF National Meeting with over 600 industry professionals to get an update on all things All Star cheer and dance. 

Meet The Team: Top Gun Woman Jags

This year is an exciting year for Top Gun as they take on a new division, Senior Open All Girl Level 6. 

Attention Coaches & Owners: Don't Miss The USASF National Meeting!

What happens in Vegas, will stay with you throughout the season.

STUNT Goal Update: Sign, Sign, Sign!

STUNT is continuing to grow all over the country and is working with the NCAA to create opportunities for female athletes at the D1, D2 and D3 collegiate level. On June 6th, USA Cheer started a petition to help in asking the CWA (Committee on Women’s Athletics) to increase these opportunities!