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Varsity All Star's Small Gym of the Month
We teamed up with CheerBiz News to recognize programs with 125 athletes of less that exemplifies dedication and excellence in operations. These programs have excelled both on and off the competition floor, and we salute them for the high standard they have set! Gyms are nominated by our Varsity All Star's Advisorsand a new small gym will be announced each issue of CheerBiz. Congratulations to our spotlighted Small Gyms!
What are your goals for the 2014-2015 competitive season?
To keep our program growing into the future, our goals are to maintain success at every level, keeping it fun and building loyalty, which seems to be missing in today's times. We see
ourselves at the top of the cheer world in the next five years. In order to achieve this, we must have athlete retention. This is the hardest thing I feel a gym owner has to deal with. It's not like the days when my daughter was cheering and you wouldn't dare go cheer for the team down the street. You stayed with your team no matter what. Unfortunately, today there seems to be a rush to get your child to the top. Our goal is to keep them in the gym and let them grow into the cheerleader they want and can be. From there, our next goal is to get our athletes into their choice of college to cheer. This year we had five girls that made collegiate teams across the country. That’s something we are just as proud of as any title or ring.
Share your thoughts on what it’s like being a small gym competing against much larger programs.
We have competed all
over the United States with pretty much every company. We have seen the best of the best! But we just try to keep a ground perspective of where we are and what our own personal gym goals are. We like competing against the larger gyms though and have learned so much from them. We all have the same commonality: We love the sport of All Star cheer!
What makes your program unique?:
At Select we make sure we push every athlete to their fullest potential both physically and
mentally, while teaching them some of the lessons life throws at us. We express the importance of being on a team and the role that each athlete plays. We also do community service around the holidays with senior citizen homes and soup kitchens in the area. Above all what makes SoCal Select unique is that we work alongside the parents and teachers in making sure the athletes in our program are doing well in school. We have the athletes bring us their report cards throughout the season, and they know if their grades are slipping they will sit out of practice and/or competition until they improve. We even offer tutors and extra help if that is what needed! Select is proud that 90% of our program has straight A's.
Give us the inside scoop on your program:
Douglasville Cheer Stars strives to provide every athlete with “An Unforgettable All
Star Experience!” Cheer Stars takes pride in introducing and developing a love for competitive cheerleading to the youth in our community. In a disciplined, family environment, we teach the importance of hard work, teamwork, leadership and time management skills. Understanding that “we’ll lose some competitions that we maybe ought to have won, and we’ll win some competitions we might should have lost,” we teach our athletes to win humbly and to lose gracefully. We also emphasize the concept of “when you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” Quite simply, our main goal is to enrich children’s lives through the sport of competitive cheer, helping to build self-confidence and self-esteem, while also teaching life lessons that can be carried with children far beyond their All Star years.