Cameron Hughes has one of the best jobs out there — he gets paid to cheer on sports teams at their games.
“I was at the game with a buddy of mine and no one was cheering and I was upset,” he said about how his career began. “I got up in the crowd, eight minutes to go, and I started to dance like crazy.”
After the game, one of the teams wanted him to come back to dance and get the crowd hyped. “I kept showing up to other venues and eventually they paid me,” he quipped.
Over the years, Hughes has become the only professional sports entertainer of his kind in the world and has performed at over 1,500 events, including two Olympic Games, five NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and the U.S. Open tennis tournament.
Now, the Canada native's new memoir, King of Cheer: Stories of Getting Up, Showing Up, and Never Giving Up From the World’s Most Electrifying Crowd Ignitor, goes behind the scenes of his exhilarating career and explains how he was deemed the world’s professional fan.
The book “is an inspiring story of perseverance and self-belief that recounts how he took his genuine love for people and turned it into the most unlikely of careers.”
Hughes has been upfront about how he couldn’t even make his high school basketball team, but yet he ended up rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in the sports world.
“Although Cameron specializes in helping people laugh and let go, the heart of his story is equally about taking risks, challenging social conventions, seeking peak performance, and contributing to a greater purpose. His unorthodox method of connecting and inspiring crowds has been put into action not only at the world's largest sporting events, but also at corporate events for some of the world's most renowned companies, and in philanthropic service to those in need.”
From his struggle with ADHD to dealing with his mother’s death while in high school, the book “is a transcendent celebration of the human spirit.”
"I hope my story will inspire you to cheer a little louder, smile a little wider, dance a little crazier, contribute to your team, be fearless, and most importantly, to GET UP and become your own biggest fan,” he said. “I’m thrilled to take you on my journey and show you the true power of cheer."