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Rathdrum Parks And Recreation Department Holds 'Silent Cheer Day' At Basketball Games

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KHQ.COM - A few weeks ago, the Parks and Recreation Department in Rathdrum, Idaho organized a day of "silent cheering" for 8 of their basketball games.

Spectators were encouraged to make signs and to clap as loudly as they could, but they were not supposed to cheer out loud for the 5th and 6th graders on the court.

Rathdrum Parks and Recreation director Lance Bridges said they were just looking to "spice things up" with the day of silent cheering.

And, there was certainly mixed reviews for the event.

Some spectators thought it was unique and liked trying to clap to make up for the lack of noise, but some thought not being able to cheer took away from the fun of even going to a sporting event.

On the court, a lot of coaches seemed to like the event because it was easier for them to communicate with their players. But a lot of the kids thought it was "weird" because the gym was so much quieter.

Rathdrum's "silent cheer day" sparked national attention, and was picked up by both Forbes and Fox News.

But Bridges said the intention of having this event was never to garner attention - it was solely to have 1 day where lots shouting and yelling, while although exciting, would not take away from the game being played.

"It's just a one time thing, we wanted to try it," said Bridges. "Can I say we'll do it again in the future? I don't know at this time."

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