Varsity Shoe Crew
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Every athlete has a story. A unique and personal journey of defying expectations, challenging comfort zones and shattering limits. Our goal: empower every athlete to dream bigger, reach further.

Meet the athletes of the 2021 #VarsityFootwear Shoe Crew. 

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Kristen Paul

  • My Team: University of Memphis Pom
  • My Shoe: Knit Strut
  • My Favorite Skill: Turning Switch Tilt
  • My Power Word: Driven
  • My #SoleStory: Dance has given me purpose and motivation. It has also given me confidence and a way I can express myself in more ways than I thought. Growing up with a dance family and people who have constantly motivated me my whole life is something i will forever be grateful for. It shaped me to be who I am today.
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Kai Patterson

  • My Team: Cheer Extreme SSX
  • My Shoe: Black Ascend
  • My Favorite Skill: Split Arabian thru to Double Punchback
  • My Power Word: Determination
  • My #SoleStory: Competitive cheerleading has always been an important part of my life. My main job on SSX is tumbling, and I’m always hungry to learn more tricks and skills. I love to watch YouTube videos of males in Allstar Cheer to see what skills they’re throwing. There are very few females in Allstar Cheer who tumble with the boys, so I’ve always pushed myself to gain similar skills. My goal has always been to be the best me I could be, but I also want to achieve skills that are dominated by mostly males.

Michael ‘Quick’ McGee

  • My Team: University of Memphis 
  • My Shoe: Black Aeros
  • My Favorite Skill: Double to Full Kick Full
  • My Power Word: Quick
  • My #SoleStory: Growing up, I was surrounded by the influence of martial arts from my entire family. My journey with martial arts evolved from learning moves or perfecting little details, to venturing into a new field. When I graduated high school, I wanted to try collegiate cheerleading and was later able to pursue that dream. Because of cheerleading, I can truly be myself in the air.

Lexie Stinebaugh

  • My Teams: Cheer Athletics Swooshcats & Rockwall Heath High School
  • My Shoe: DBL Edge
  • My Favorite Skill: Round Off Backhand Spring Double
  • My Power Word: Dedicated
  • My #SoleStory: Cheerleading has given me so many things. From pep rallies to game day traditions to showing pride for my high school, the energy is unforgettable. From the bond with my all star team, traveling to new places, performing on big stages, one thing remains the same: no matter which uniform I’m wearing, I’m motivated by knowing that my teammates are prepared, and we can do whatever we set our mind to.

Allison Khong

  • My Team: Keller Indianettes 
  • My Shoe: Knit Strut
  • My Favorite Skill: Double Leg Turn
  • My Power Word: Passionate 
  • My #SoleStory: Dancing has been a part of my life since I was three years old. From studio dance to competitive dance and now have the opportunity to be captain of my high school dance team: it means everything to me. My favorite feeling is having the ability to share the floor with people who share the same passion as me. When I’m about to take the floor, I let adrenaline control my every move and take over. My focus immediately turns to the thing I love most: dance.

Julia Wisk

  • My Team: Brandon Senior Black
  • My Shoe: Black Aeros
  • My Favorite Skill: Jumps to Back
  • My Power Word: Motivated
  • My #SoleStory: Since the beginning of my cheerleading career, I had the dream of being a part of Brandon All Stars. One day, I made the dream team that I remember watching and looking up to from a very young age. My team pushes me to be better and try harder, no matter what I do. Before each practice or competition, I’m always motivated by one thing: the simple fact that my team worked as hard as we could, together. I know because of my team, I represent more than just a group of athletes, I represent a family.

Grant Joest

  • My Team: Woodlands Elite Black Ops
  • My Shoe: Black Ascends 
  • My Favorite Skill: Split Arabians
  • My Power Word: Hardworking
  • My #SoleStory: I’ll never forget the day my dance teacher asked if I would be interested in trying cheerleading; one practice was all it took. Cheerleading has challenged me to grow and pushed me to do my best. When I’m wearing my Woodlands Elite uniform, I refuse to take it off. While at competitions, I huddle around my teammates, and we take the mat together, hand in hand. Daily, the support of my teammates, family, and friends remind me why cheerleading stuck many years ago.

Elise Cunningham

  • My Team: University of Memphis Pom
  • My Shoe: Varsity 360
  • My Favorite Skill: Jumps
  • My Power Word: Motivated
  • My #SoleStory: I’ve been dancing my whole life. It’s a passion that has taught and shaped me in more ways than I can count and has since become my own safe haven. More importantly, being a part of a dance family has lead me to where I am today. I’m forever grateful to dance for giving me discipline, various opportunities to express myself, and those who motivated me along the way.

Laila Travillion

  • My Team: Collierville High School Dance Team
  • My Shoe: Varsity Beat 2 
  • My Favorite Skill: Amazon
  • My Power Word: Bubbly
  • My #SoleStory: My motivation comes from different places. When I first started dancing at three years old, I really fell in love with it because I was able to express myself. I am not tall in stature and dance allows me to feel bigger, because it’s not about my height, it’s solely about what I can do. My motivation also comes from the teammates I have grown up with, as they push me to be my best.

Savanna Geeslin

  • My Team: University of Memphis 
  • My Shoe: Varsity Ascend
  • My Favorite Skill: Round off Whip Through to Full 
  • My Power Word: Competitive 
  • My #SoleStory: As someone who only played basketball growing up, I never imaged I would be a collegiate and Team USA Cheerleader. Being a cheerleader for the University of Memphis has been one of the most significant decisions I have ever made. My teammates and coaches inspire me every day to become a better athlete.

Emily Dock

  • My Team: University of Memphis 
  • My Shoe: Varsity Ascend
  • My Favorite Skill: Running Full
  • My Power Word: Competitive 
  • My #SoleStory: Ever since I can remember, I have grown up being a cheerleader. More recently, I moved from my hometown to a new city, to represent the University of Memphis. My parents are my biggest motivation as to where I have come today. Because of my parents and teammates, cheerleading allows me to go out of my comfort zone every single day.

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