Good Sports: Cheerforce Vengeance

For most of the past year, Fresno's Cheerforce Vengeance Senior Cheer Squad has been working hard.
April 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
For most of the past year, Fresno's Cheerforce Vengeance Senior Cheer Squad has been working hard.

"I get home sore and tired and I just want to sleep," Cheerforce Vengeance Base Paul Mitchell said. "That's how I know that we're getting there."

"When they come here, they're family," added Cheerforce Vengeance Head Coach Taylor Ellis. "And it means something. When they go out on that floor and they're performing, they're loving it and they're loving each other."

The Summit is considered the most prestigious cheer competition in the nation, a national championship of sorts.

"There are a lot of really good teams going to Summit obviously," Cheerforce Vengeance Lead Flyer Julie Wong said. "We have just as good of a chance as anyone else does, for sure."

To be invited, the group of 30 guys and girls, ages 12 to 18 years old, from across the Valley had to put together one smashing routine at the USA Nationals last month in Anaheim. And put it together they did.

"I was happy because I knew they all deserved it, just as well as anyone," Wong said. "We knew that all our hard work had paid off at that point."

"We performed our hardest and like we tried everything," Mitchell added. "We kept everything in the air, like everything was clean."

They weren't fazed by the pressure of having one last chance to earn a Summit bid. Instead they focused on trust: in their preparation and most of all, in themselves.

"We always cheer each other on," Wong said. "We're always there for each other, we always talk to each other, help each other out, encourage one another when we're competing."

"It feels great like, I pushed through it," Mitchell confessed. "Oh this is what it feels like to win. I love it."

And come May 3rd in Orlando, Florida, these guys and girls know what they have to do to get it done on the national stage.

"They just gotta hit, like I've been telling them all year," added Ellis. "You go out there, you perform your routine, you do it with a smile, you make it look easy, and you're going to take home first place."

Here's hoping Cheerforce Vengeance hits it out of the park at Walt Disney World.

Cheerforce Vengeance is asking for help to get its members to the Summit. For more information, visit

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