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National cheer camp coming to Mitchell

Mitchell has been chosen to host a nationally known cheerleading camp which is scheduled to include some big names in the industry.

The Xtreme Cheer and Dance club announced Tuesday that Cheer Interactive is coming to Mitchell for a camp on June 19 for two sessions and will include instruction from well-known cheer professionals Matt Smith from Cheer Athletic in Little Rock, Ark., and Robert Sianna from Cali Smoed Cheer in Camarillo, Calif.

Xtreme owner Traci Loecker said the camp will help her cheerleaders work on their cheer skills, but she is more excited about the leadership qualities that the hosts will bring.

“The biggest thing we see coming out of this camp is our participants learning about leadership,” Loecker said.

The camp was brought to Loecker’s attention by Mitchell eight-grader Kelsi Hart, who said she saw information about the potential event on Instagram and immediately brought it to her coach’s attention.

“Cheer Athletic is one of my favorite cheer teams in the world,” Hart said. “When I found out they were coming here, I texted everyone that I know to tell them to sign up. I expect to see amazing tumbling and stunts at the camp.”

The camp will be hosted by Houston, Texas, natives Aly Calvo and Andrea Kulberg, who are identical twins born nearly 3 months premature. The sisters were given little chance to make it through the first night of their lives and Kulberg lost most of her eyesight in the first days of her life.

Through their unique life experiences, the twins have become leadership and development consultants in the cheerleading industry. They use their motivational skills to work with cheer athletes, coaches, gym owners and parents to improve the cheerleading experience.

“Our work is in large part helping these cheerleaders become the most impactful leaders that they can be,” Calvo said in an interview with The Daily Republic. “We are building athletes that will become lifelong leaders.”

The two have been in the industry for nearly 30 years, but this camp is something new they are launching in May. Calvo said they plan to host at least 30 camps this year and have received more than 80 requests for their services around the world. Potential international destinations for the camp include Australia, Spain and Norway, but the camps will continue being in the United States. Calvo added that Mitchell was chosen based on the excitement the area has shown for the sport.

Calvo and Kulberg are both former cheerleaders from the University of Texas-Austin and were National Cheerleaders Association instructors. Kulberg is a member of the USAAF/IASF Cheerleading Hall of Fame.

The camp will have two four-hour sessions, with the first from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and followed by a second from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be held at the Mitchell Activities Center.

“We needed to use that facility to have two full floors for our cheerleaders,” Loecker said.

The camp is open to all those interested according to Locker, who estimated that Xtreme currently has 63 participants ranging from 3 to 19 years old.