Three cheers for perfect posture. Credit: Isa Giallorenzo

“No matter if you’re stunting, tumbling, jumping, or sitting on the sidelines, you always need to look clean, tight, and confident,” says Charles McDavid Jr. The 26-year-old cheerleading coach is speaking about “perfect posture,” but he might as well be describing his style. McDavid, who works for the Keeping Adolescents Off the Street (KAOS) Bulldogs, is calm and self-assured in his rainbow puffer jacket on his way to a job interview in Lincoln Park. He says he chose to build his outfit around burnt-red suspenders because his spirit was screaming Family Matters. “Clothes aren’t alive,” he says. “You wear them. They don’t wear you. You want them to look good. Own it.” McDavid says he pushes his athletes to strive for more than just trophies. “Be the best you for tomorrow and not today,” he says.   v