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She plays a detective on TNT’s Southland and a lawyer in her upcoming film Our Family Wedding (in theaters March 12th), but Regina King’s real-life role as a cheerleading coach is her most empowering yet. In 2007, King began volunteering with the Pasadena Panthers, a non-profit sports league that supports Southern California’s youth. Today, the former cheerleader choreographs routines and attends football games with her squad of 10- to 14-year-old girls. Find out more about King’s cause celeb in the March issue of InStyle, on newsstands now.

Elisabeth Durkin