ACE Chiefs to compete at Cheerleading Worlds

Cheerleading Worlds begins in Orlando, Florida, in late April and the ACE Chiefs are the first team to represent the state of Mississippi in the competition.

"For some of these athletes I've trained them for 11 years now," Brandon Roberts, owner of ACE Cheer Company said.

"We started as a tiny team and they're seniors this year. So, for some of them it's taken 12 years."

The team is a 19 member co-ed squad based out of Hattiesburg, but have participants from Alabama and Louisiana.

The Chiefs said that the road leading to this point has been worth it.

"You're in the gym almost every day and you're working on your tumbling, on your stunts and when we're at practice, we're doing the routine over and over," said team member Laken Pineda.

Roberts added that there are many advantages to being a part of ACE.

"More than anything they have to stick together. We teach them that hard work pays off."

"There's going to be ups and they're going to be downs and when they get knocked down they have to look up and pick themselves up and continue to fight for something they believe in."

The honor of representing the Magnolia State is something Pineda is proud of.

"It really means a lot because we put so much work into being able to go to Worlds and being the first team in Mississippi to ever get a paid bid is a really big accomplishment."

The competition beings April 27th at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney.