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Famous Cheer’s hard work is paying off in national championships

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Famous Cheer coaching Famous Cheer Company Famous Cheer Jackson Famous Cheer leap Famous Cheer Senior champs 2-27

One of the nation’s best cheer squads resides in Tipton County.
The weekend of Feb. 14-15, the Senior Team from Famous Cheer Company in Atoka traveled to Atlanta to compete in the Cheersports Nationals. Among powerhouse teams from California, Texas, Florida and nearby Georgia, the Senior Co-Ed Level 3 team from Tipton County shined on the platform winning Famous Cheer’s second national championship.
The Tinies won Famous Cheer’s grand championship the previous year in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The title brought back to Atoka by the Seniors established Famous Cheer Company on the national scene.
“Unbelievable,” Famous Cheer Company co-owner David Jackson said. “We all worked so hard to achieve that goal and we deserve that feeling we got. It was even better for the kids to give that experience. It was an overwhelming for them, 25-times better.”
Jackson said the victory of the Seniors validated the long list of championships of the 3-year-old Famous Cheer.
Squads have won 10 first place trophies in Memphis, Southaven, Tunica and Nashville. Jackson and fellow owner Steve Henderson opened Famous Cheer Compnay May 1, 2011 at 2094 Tipton Road. On the staff are coaches Rodney Brown and Sammy Mark.
Famous Cheer currently has three levels with minis (aged 4-8), juniors (14-under) and seniors (18-under). The Minis are assisted by Tessa Naeyaert. The Juniors have assistant coach Kayla Hillery. And Riana Agliam works with the Seniors.
“It’s surreal what we’ve been able to accomplish in three short years,” Jackson said. “We were able to bring back that prestigous title to Atoka, Tenn. Memphis even brought six teams and brought back just one title. We’re on the same level with them.”
Jackson said he can identify with the hard work and dedication it took for the Seniors to win the national championship. Jackson’s cheer career took him to The University of Memphis from 2003-08.
“So many opportunties were given to me cheering for college,” he recalled. “It helped me along the road of life and it paid for every. Then the life experiences, I traveled all over the world. I got to meet people and I was on ESPN multiple times, just the exposure.”
Jackson and the staff at Famous Cheer said current and potential students should attend their program to achieve those goals and pay for college. Famous Cheer Company will hold tryouts in May and the next national competition the Company will attend is in April. With two national championships for the 3-year-old program, Jackson said the rest of the country is put on notice.
“We are here to stay,” he concluded. “And there is much more to come.”
For more information about Famous Cheer Company, call 304-9623.
The 2014 Senior National Champions are Riana Agliam, Abigail Armstrong, BriAnna Barnard    , Colton Brewer, Brooke Burton, Ryan Chamberlain, Marrisa Dobmeier, Hatti Gill,Juliana Harris,Alice Hewitt, Kayla Hilleary, Annikka Holt, Michael Houston, Ty Justice, Aston Latimer, Kyndall McVay, Tessa Naeyaert, Maddison Payne, Reagan Phillips, Sara Bailey Phillips, Dora Kate Scott, Maddison Shellenberger, Haley Trainor, Alyssa Williams and Emily Yarbrough.
The 2013 Mini Team at Athletic Campionship Nationals in Fort Walton Beach Florida are Emilie Briley, Marley Parrish, Charlotte Griffin, Mikyla Jackson, Chloe Tucker, Jania Bonds, Charlie Yarbro and Lanie Howe.

  • Jeff

    In my opinion Famous Cheer is the worst gym in the Memphis area. They are extremely disorganized. You end up paying late fees for every competition because they can’t get the payments to the cheer competition organizations on time. We had a previous coach that worked their teach my daughter the wrong techniques for back hand springs, and after a year of being taught incorrectly the owner began giving my daughter private lessons and he was the one that told us she was taught Wong.

    Furthermore in my opinion they have really poor business practices. I am in the process of taking them to court for money they owe me and my wife. Check them out on the BBB…they have an F rating!!!

    • David Barker Jr.

      My daughter has been an All Star Cheerleader for the better part of 13 years. While I can understand your frustrations with the improper tumbling techniques that your daughter was instructed, a tale tale sign is whether or not they are certified to teach those skills. Tumbling levels are grades in levels 1-5 and should be USASF Certified. For future reference I’d ask if the gym/instructors are Certified.

      With that being said. There are two large gyms in the greater Memphis area. One being Memphis Elite and the other being Memphis Pride. Both have been in business for many years. My daughter competes with Memphis Elite. In my honest opinion they have they best Coaching Staff barnone! In all my years supporting my daughter in this fine sport, I’ve yet to find any gym that is so well organized that it pleases each and every parent. If your currently looking to keep your daughter in competitive cheer then I would highly recommend you bring her to Memphis Elite. If you have any questions feel free to contact me via Facebook. David Barker Jr is what I can be found under.

      Best of luck,

      David

    • shannon

      sooo right

  • David Barker Jr.

    Jeff,

    My daughter has been an All Star Cheerleader for the better part of 13 years. While I can understand your frustrations with the improper tumbling techniques that your daughter was instructed, a tale tale sign is whether or not they are certified to teach those skills. Tumbling levels are grades in levels 1-5 and should be USASF Certified. For future reference I’d ask if the gym/instructors are Certified.

    With that being said. There are two large gyms in the greater Memphis area. One being Memphis Elite and the other being Memphis Pride. Both have been in business for many years. My daughter competes with Memphis Elite. In my honest opinion they have they best Coaching Staff barnone! In all my years supporting my daughter in this fine sport, I’ve yet to find any gym that is so well organized that it pleases each and every parent. If your currently looking to keep your daughter in competitive cheer then I would highly recommend you bring her to Memphis Elite. If you have any questions feel free to contact me via Facebook. David Barker Jr is what I can be found under.

    Best of luck,

    David

  • Dan

    In my observation, Famous Cheer is the best gym North of Memphis. As mentioned below, there are several gyms in the Metro Memphis area, and they have been well established with good performances in the competitions that I have seen. The coaching staff is OUTSTANDING at Famous, and my children have learned a tremendous amount of skills with excellent technique. In a short period, the gym has produced excellent results to include championships in major competitions, and great results in every competition that I have seen them perform in. In my opinion, the only thing holding the gym back from exploding in size is the location; the number of athletes available for All Star Cheer in this area is small. If you have a chance, bring your athlete by the gym, talk to the coaches, and try a free class. Judge for yourself after seeing them interact and teach the athletes at Famous Cheer!
    I would ask that the administrators remove the comment by Jeff as he left the gym just over a year ago after a disagreement with his daughter’s coach. I was a witness to his loud and aggressive outbursts during two events in the same afternoon. From what I saw and heard, it really appeared that that he was trying to start a physical fight with the coach, but the coach remained professional and never returned the aggressive behavior in kind. If you would like additional information, please contact me at the address listed on the account. While I believe in freedom of speech, I do not agree with supporting libel, and Jeff’s comments below are indeed that!

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