ESPN: They Grow Up So Fast

ESPN published They Grow Up So Fast.

ON A THURSDAY evening in November, 7-year-old Haylie Blakely rides in the backseat of her mother’s black SUV on her way to practice at the Cheer Extreme Allstars gym in Raleigh, N.C. Haylie competes on the Glitter Stars, one of the youngest of CEA’s 41 teams, in all-star cheerleading, a hyperenergetic mash-up of dance choreography, gymnastics and big air stunts. CEA has six gyms across the state, and a reputation in the sport that extends internationally. The gym’s senior elite squad won the 2010 worlds, the Super Bowl of competitive cheerleading.