Power Cheer and Tumble kicked off their fifth season by attending the Christian Cheerleaders of America (CCA) All-Star Cheer Camp in Chattanooga, Tennessee in July.
“CCA camp is so important to our gym because it provides team bonding and spiritual opportunities for our teams,” stated co-owner Saleen Gardner. “We learn a lot of material from their staff and our teams were taught some difficult skills and they embraced every challenge.”
PCT currently has four teams and their youth and senior teams attended the camp. The camp featured more than 300 girls from several states across the East. Both the youth and senior teams from PCT won several group awards with three individual awards given out. The youth team earned “Most Improved” and “Camp Champ” for their age division. The senior team won “Camp Champ” as well, and then brought home the “Best Team Work” banner. Individual awards for PCT went to youth team member Grace Haithcock and senior Mikayla Nixon who earned leadership awards and senior Kaci Gentry with the “Super Star Award” for the best overall cheerleader in the all-star division.
The camp is run by CCA staff, which consist of primarily college level athletes, college coaches, and former all-star cheerleaders.
“We wouldn’t be where we are today without CCA,” said co-owner Julie Money. “We always come away from camp energized and ready for our season. This year we had seven of our cheerleaders to either get saved or rededicate themselves to Christ during the evening services. That is truly what CCA and our gym is about.”
This season, PCT has moved their location from the Lowe’s Shopping Center in King to the Food Lion Shopping Center behind Burger King.
“This location gives us so many more opportunities,” stated Money. “We will be able to have a larger space for our mats, a higher ceiling, and a room solely for our weekly yoga classes.”
PCT will continue to compete at several CCA events including Lynchburg, Va. and Henderson, N.C., but will travel to several other all-star competitions including “Spirit of Hope” in Charlotte, N.C., and “CheerSport” in Raleigh, N.C. and Atlanta, Ga. They will also be competing at the “EPIC Brands” competition at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston Salem. At these competitions they could possibly win bids to other events including U.S. Finals in Norfolk, Va., as they did last year.
For more information on tumbling and cheer classes or yogi classes contact Julie Money at 336-749-1191 or Saleen Gardner at 336-749-1346.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.