“Make people remember! Make people remember our name,” said senior captain Allie Neff, pumping her team up in the middle of practice.
Their name has elite in it for reason; and now the ladies of Fame are trying to prove that they’re the best in the world.
“I’m excited to prove to people how good we actually are,” said Heff.
The team is competing against more than 80 other squads this weekend on the biggest stage in the sport: The Cheerleading Worlds.
“We all have the same goal and we will do anything to accomplish it, like, you know you’re gonna hit and I know that all 19 of them are going to do whatever they need to do, to do it,” said captain Krista Fraulino.
This is the eighth consecutive year the gym has sent a cheer squad to worlds, but thanks to a dominant performance at a preliminary competition earlier this month, they’re the first Fame squad to ever receive a full-paid auto-bid to compete.
“It’s a magical experience. It’s like a dream come true,” said college freshman Kate Rivera.
“Literally like, best day of my life,” agreed Neff.
But the days get even better. With the bid, the team receives a bye thru the first day of competition- an advantage Fame plans to capitalize on.
“It’s definitely a lot better because then like, there’s so many more teams in that and it’ so hard to make it to the next day,” said Fraulino, a senior. “Knowing that you have that extra day to relax or like, practice; it’s like such a relieving feeling.”
A well deserved reward for the grueling hours put in the gym all year long.
“We struggle. We get hit in the face, but we just imagine how worth it it’s going to be in the end and how amazing it’s going to feel when they announce our name for Finals,” said Rivera, a tri-captain.
A feeling that could only be topped if the squad is named World Champions. A dream so big, it leaves this group of cheerleaders speechless.
“Honestly, I can’t even put into words,” laughed Rivera.
“Umm…I’d be way happier than I was when we won a bid,” smiled Neff.