Kristen Yates - Owner
Hi! I am the owner of The Cheer Connection. Here's what I think you should know about me - I am a 41 year old mother of 4 kids, ages 14, 12, 8 and 7. Whew, that makes me tired just saying it! They keep me busy as you can imagine (I know a lot of you are right there with me). So, many of you don't see my face all that often as I usually am working from home or come to the gym in the mornings. I have owned the gym for 13 years now, I purchased The Cheer Connection in 1998 and Cheer Energy in 2000.
Anyway, as far as my qualifications go, I was a gymnast all of my life and was the Texas State Gymnastics Champion at the age of 12. I cheered through middle school and high school and then went on to cheer at TCU for 3 years. I was on Staff for NCA and then judged for them for many years after graduating from TCU. I have a Math degree with a Business minor.
I am just so extremely proud of what this gym is all about! A cheer gym doesn't survive on what kind of facility you have, what skills the kids have when they walk in the door for the first time, what your uniform looks like and such. It's all about who is teaching your kids and what they learn while they are a part of the gym. Each of my staff members are just so amazing! They all really love children and do such a great job with your kids! They teach so much more than just cheerleading and tumbling. I hope you and your kids get to know them and love them as much as I do!
And, here's the rest of my incredibly Talented and Awesome Staff!
Holly Rascoe - All-Star Program Manager and Head Team Coach
Holly is the All-Star Program Manager for TCC and the head coach of 4 of our All-Star teams. She has been with us since 2000, but started Cheer Energy in 1991. Holly is a wife and mother of 1 beautiful and incredibly talented daughter, Carlyle. Holly is so active it is unbelievable! She dances, bikes, runs, swims and then heads to work. She is amazing!
Holly has worked with the cheerleaders for just about every Ft. Worth area school as well as just about every girl who has ever cheered in the Ft. Worth vacinity! Holly worked for NCA, UCA, Score - Christian Cheerleading Association, she was a TCU cheerleader as well as the TCU Cheer Coach and Sponsor for over 10 years. She has coached Paschal High School cheerleaders for many years and has choreographed nationals routines for numerous area schools. Holly has choreographed numerous National Championship routines for TCC and has won the Choreography Award at Cheer Power Nationals.
Holly is a beautiful person on the inside and out. Holly touches peoples lives when she teaches them. I think it is safe to say that no one that has been coached by Holly forgets her.
Adrian Hampton - Gym Manager and Head Team Coach
Adrian is the Gym Manager at TCC as well as the head instructor for our Fury team. She has been with us since 1999. She is a wife and mother of 4 precious kids. If you haven't ever seen Adrian jump, you've probably heard about it! She was such a talented cheerleader (and probably still is). Adrian actually cheered on an All-Star squad at TCC when she was in high school and then came back to work for us after cheering at UT-Austin for 4 years.
Adrian won many awards throughout her cheer career including NCA & UCA Top Jumper, NCA All-American, UCA Staff Jump Winner, UCA & NCA Nationals Team Finalist, NCA Partner Stunt National Finalist and NCA All-Star Open Nationals Team Finalist. Adrian was the Captain her Senior year at UT and took over the coaching duties of the squad that year as well. She was a UCA staff member, head instructor and recruiter for many years. Adrian has choreographed many National Championship routines for TCC as well as other local Ft. Worth area schools and was awarded the WOW Choreography Award at Texas Masters in 2007.
Adrian is a teacher at heart. Not only with her own children and at TCC, but also with her church. She has been the Assistant Youth Minister at Christ Life Church as well as a Sunday School teacher there for more than a decade. She is a strong Christian role-model and I am blessed to have someone like Adrian working with the teens at TCC!
Cynthia Ayala - Office Manager
Is she the one with all the hair? Yes, Cynthia is the smiling face you see every day when you walk into the gym (and the one with all the hair). Cynthia is the Office Manager and has officially worked for TCC since 2004 (unofficially for several years before that). Cynthia is a mother of 4 daughters - all of whom have cheered on All-Star squads at TCC (and usually on more than one squad)!!!! (She starts doing competition hair 2 days before each competition!)
Cynthia is the one with all the answers. She keeps this gym running! Without her help, I wouldn't be able to be home with my kids near as much as I am and for that I am eternally greatful! I think I can safely say, from everyone who has ever been a part of TCC, as a staff member, parent or cheerleader, Thank You Cynthia for all that you do for the gym!