‘Coastal’ cheerleaders place at competitions
Almost a year after Hurricane Harvey, Third Coast Elite Cheerleading finally found a building from which to operate, and in the last three months, squads have participated in four competitions and returned with top awards.
Staci Giles is the coach and owner at Third Coast Elite Cheerleading in Aransas Pass, previously known as Aransas Pass Competitive Cheer for four years. The squads had always used school gyms, local gymnastics gyms, and any other open space in which they could safely practice.
Giles said they believed the girls deserved something more, however, finding a location proved more difficult than anticipated especially after Hurricane Harvey which destroyed many good-sized buildings between Rockport and Ingleside.
In May 2018, the group changed its name to Third Coast Elite Cheerleading and began looking for a building. They finally found a building in late July 2018 and are now located in the former Second Chance Boxing Gym. Giles said the facility had been unused and untouched for nearly a year, and they had to clean it out, close in the openings where there were once rollup doors, paint it, and make it a home for the cheerleaders.
Giles said, “It has been a long road and we have had our struggles along the way. We believe in providing an organized competitive sport for our youth and giving them opportunities that may not otherwise present themselves.”
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