McDowell Intermediate's gym on Saturday was full of spirit for the annual March Madness Cheer and Dance Extravaganza.
Over 1,000 cheerleaders from 90 teams came out to compete in the annual competition. From ages five all the way through the college level, these cheerleaders showed off their jumps, stunts, tumbling and dancing.
Champion Cheer Central President Heather Petz said this is a sport that takes a lot of strength and coordination, and sometimes people don't realize that.
"A lot of people forget about us, they don't know what's involved in cheerleading," said Petz. "Its huge and for a lot of kids, it just brings out that positive atmosphere and helps them be roles models for everyone else."
Next step for these cheerleaders is Hard Rockin' National Cheer and Dance Championship in Cleveland next week.