Category: Competition

Cheers to 20 Years

This year, ACE celebrated its 20th anniversary at the 2019 Cheerleading Worlds. Alabama Cheer Elite (more commonly known as ACE), was founded in 1999 when Happy Hooper pitched an idea for a competitive cheerleading program to Paige Black and Susan Schwartz. Following a very successful first season, ACE tripled their competitive team lineup and added all age ranges. Hooper, Black, and Schwartz also added another partner, Susan Blankenship, and moved into a former basketball gymnasium. ACE remained in that gym until 2017, when they moved into a brand new training facility. This represented the culmination of decades of dedication and hard ... Read more

Mind Over Body

“There is no way I’m going to survive this practice.” We’ve all had that thought. Whether it’s in the middle of your third full-out routine or that last bit of conditioning your coach threw in, at some point, you’ve probably questioned whether or not you’d make it. News flash. You can, and you did! The phrase “mind over matter” is something you’ve likely heard before. The mind is an incredibly powerful tool, and when your body feels like collapsing, your mind can save you. But developing mental toughness takes work. Just as you condition your body to be strong, you ... Read more

Lending a Helping Hand

Imagine this. You’re finally on your way to the National High School Cheerleading Championship, full of excitement and nerves. As you board and step off each flight, the emotions only build. Once you arrive in Orlando, you sprint to baggage claim, but your bag is nowhere to be found. This nightmare turned into a random act of kindness with the help of another squad and a group of Varsity Spirit employees. DAR High School cheer coach, Kailee Stephens says the story began when an athlete, Mackenzie Pitt, was instructed to check her carry-on, packed with every cheerleader’s most important accessory: ... Read more