Going Full Force
By Millie Diaz
From fall’s football to spring’s baseball, benchwarmers are in every sport, but Terese Tompkins said there is no bench in the world of all-star competitive cheerleading. Games in school sports range in time from an hour to four or five, but a team only gets two and a half minutes in her world.
Tompkins is a coach for Full Force and 2018 jumped off to a great start at the America’s Sweetheart Dallas Cowboy National Cheerleading Championship when two of her three competition teams earned a national title in their divisions.
Full Force is a massive group of girls who live in the Crossroads area and beyond. They perform in multiple competitions from November to April. Ultimately, teams are vying for a bid to compete at the Summit in Walt Disney World in Florida, the mountain peak of competitions. At any given national competition, a handful of teams out of 300 are invited to the Summit. Teams from Full Force made it to the Summit a couple of years back.
Full Force cheerleaders range in skill level and age, but are all coached by Tompkins.
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