Cindy Jeffers and Jacki Bradley are quite a unique mother-daughter team. Not only do they love each other’s company, but they literally “cheer” each other on as they lead and direct the 106 students that are a part of their cheerleading company.
Jacki is the primary owner of Red Oak-based “Wild About Cheer” and her mother, Cindy, is the co-owner. For over 14 years these two have taught and mentored many children, teenagers, and adults in the Ellis County area.
In fact, just this past year these two Red Oak ladies — formerly from Lancaster — proudly opened the doors of their new cheer facility conveniently located at 1502 S. Interstate 35, Suite 200 in Lancaster where Red Oak, Glenn Heights, Lancaster, and DeSoto come together.
The brick-and-mortar gym is a far cry from the original spot — a friend's barn.
“In 2003 we started with only 27 athletes and two teams. Since that first location, we moved three more times until we landed at our current location," said Cindy after she recalled having to roll up the mats in the barn after each session. "Interestingly enough, the first three locations all were without any heat or air. We even joined forces with a gymnastics center for three-and-a-half years until God blessed us with the opportunity for this wonderful building we are in now.”
The entire gym will kick-off its new cheer season in full swing on Dec. 3 at the Cheer America Championships in Dallas. Until then, it is practice, practice, and more practice.
Currently, they are training eight cheer teams: a show team, 8-and-under, 14-and-under, as well as a pair of 11- and 18-and under
There is also a half-year team that consists of seven-to-12-year olds.
Besides primary cheerleading instructions, Wild About Cheer also offers tumbling classes 4 to 18 years old, Zumba and Yoga classes, cheer and tumble clinics, youth camps, youth and little league coaches’ training.
Jeffers is very proud of her teachers and staff, which includes nine instructors plus one fitness instructor.
The instructors include Austin Barnett (cheer and tumble), Teryl Smith (tumble), Schyanne Camp (cheer and tumble), Ashley Dollar James (cheer and tumble), Sabrina Saldibar (cheer and tumble), Hope Odom (cheer and dance), and Natasha Mitchell (cheer).
"Another unique aspect of our staff is that several of these folks have cheered with Wild About Cheer and now they coach for us," Cindy said.
Both Jeffers and Bradley take great pride in the fact that their business is so family-oriented. They boast that many of their parents also cheered for Wild About Cheer, and now their child is cheering with them.
Their primary goal is to make a difference in their athletes’ lives. They confess, for them, it is not just about cheerleading and tumbling.
"What we do is so much more than cheer. It is family. It is love. It is teamwork. It is giving and caring and helping them grow as a teammate and as an individual," Jeffers said. "If our staff can make a difference in just one child’s life, then we are overjoyed."