TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Two years ago, the Tupelo-based Extreme Athletics competitive cheer team won a national championship in Orlando, Fla.
In May, the squad is headed back to Orlando - this time, to compete for a world championship.
The team, which features 21 area athletes, received a bid to the event at a recent competition. Only two squads from Mississippi have been invited so far this year.
"These athletes make us what we are," said Extreme Athletics co-owner David Schuch. "We're just so honored to work with children and young men and young women on a daily basis, and just the community support that we get, and what we can give back to the community is awesome, so, they're the heart and soul of the gym."
"It's amazing, it's every cheerleader's dream to go to this competition, it's the world, so, it's awesome," said team member Brianna Huckaby.
"It's not easy, and if you're not well into shape, it will be extremely hard, but you have to put in the work," said team member Samaryous Walker.
The team plans to host a competition on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo.