Coach Alex and Coach Billy Hemphill deserve a medal for working with these girls all year.  It’s been a great year and they owe a lot of that to your leadership, dedication and support.  What a blessing it’s been to be a part of this gym for 5 years and watch our girls grow as not only phenomenal athletes, but respectful, dedicated young women. Also, thank you to Coach Johnnie and Coach Jolene for your years of coaching and support! You’re all the best! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

– Adrienne Ahlquist



Thanks to Cheer Alliance, Kellie, Johnnie, and all the wonderful coaches and staff that have made the last year and a half special for Kara and for me!! You are special people doing great things! I’ve said it many times, I wish we had found you much, much sooner than we did…but then today, as hard as it is knowing it’s ending, would be that much harder!!

– Mike Warren



I can’t say enough about our coaches at Cheer Alliance!!!!! They address ALL aspects of the athlete!!! Coach Johnnie Buckley, Coach Jolene Richards, Coach Billy Hemphill, Coach Lauren Lipira, Coach Todd Wood and of course our GREAT owners Kellie Cady-Varga and Johnny Cheer, have taken our daughter, Madison, to barely doing a cartwheel to working on her level 4 skills in just two years! They are working on building the athlete from eating properly, conditioning, training, stretching, and sportsmanship and doing all of this as FAMILY!!!!!! Thank you Cheer Alliance for your commitment and loyalty to our children. We are very proud to be a part of such a great organization!!!

– Karin Stevens




I have been honored to on both jags and pinks this year and be at the gym everyday. Cheer alliance has become my home and forever will be my family. I can not thank the staff enough. Kellie Cady-Varga for having this amazing organization, for coming in to the gym and watch the teams run full out. Thank you for helping and encouraging me to always do my best even when things are not the greatest. Thank you toJohnnie Buckley for making everything fun, for letting me achieve on jags and win titles I never thought I could. Thank you for always being there for me if it’s in cheer or social things. Thank you to Billy Hemphill for helping me reach goals and skills I never thought was possible. Thank you for the tons for conditioning because In the end it has helped make the athlete I am today.

I wanna thank my lady jags bc through it all they have been my back bone. The team where I can let off steam, or if I just need a good laugh. I am so proud of everything we have accomplished. We have gone from the underdogs to bring home grandchamps, multiple wins, and hopefully soon rings.

Thank you too all the pink panthers. this season we have pushed ourselves to the limit and I am so proud. We have faced a lot together from countless hours of practice, to hitting a routine, and not hitting a routine. In the end we should be proud because we created a bond that is unreplaceable.

Cheer alliance has been my home. And will always be a big part of me. I can not thank everyone who has ever helped me enough. I love you all. Thank you for a great season!

– Brianna Lester



Coach Lauren…I have to say you have done a wonderful job with this group of girls and I am not talking about their record…Although that is fantastic! I have coached and have been the president for a youth football league for a number of years and I have never seen a coach with as much passion and dedication to the kids as you! You know the coach is doing an amazing job balancing fun and competing at a high level when a 7 year old girl can’t wait to go to practice. Great work and thank you!

– Joe Ninni



I love how tight knit the CA family is. Tracy Eng was nice enough this morning to go out of her way to pick up Mikala last min when my car wouldn’t start! Thank you for providing such a positive environment for not only the kids but us parents as well!

– Summer Heine



My daughter (Rio Ottolino) is a dancer (a Lyrical Soloist) and was at the same competition as your team of girls on 1/11/15 at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago. Rio’s only cheering section was her Aunt Carrie, and me (her mom). Rio is an independent and not affiliated with any studio. We are from Marengo and were the only people that Rio had to go with her.

When your team saw Carrie sitting alone in the spectator’s section, as I was at the sound booth starting the music, a giant group of your girls came down to sit in the cheering section to help cheer Rio on. As I looked across the room and saw this, I got goosebumps as the tears welled up in my eyes. They melted my heart. What a wonderful group of young ladies you have that would do that for someone they didn’t even know!

It wasn’t until after Rio got off stage, that Carrie told me that your girls told Carrie that they felt sorry for Rio that she didn’t have a cheering section. Even Carrie was deeply emotional about the support your girls showed my daughter.

I couldn’t even sleep tonight without feeling compelled to look you up and email you about your wonderful group of girls. I’m not sure which cheer team won the sportsmanship award, (or if there even was one) because I couldn’t hear the announcer from where I was sitting, but if your girls didn’t win it, they certainly did in my opinion.

Please share this letter with your team and thank them from the bottom of our hearts. If I were the owner of your studio, I would be extremely proud of my girls. Cheer Alliance will remain in our hearts and minds, and if we see you at another competition, you can be sure we will be there cheering for you as well!

Good luck this season to your team!

– Kristin Ottolino



I love this gym, not only as a parent but a coach. The staff has all been super helpful and supportive in my getting my credentials, everyone works together to make a great program. And the kids are all soooo fantastic to work with and spend time with, I love seeing them around town and getting the sneak by hugs from  cheerleaders who spot me first! LOVE ALLIANCE!

– Jodi Melcher



One year ago I signed Lexie up for a beginners tumbling class at a place called CHEER ALLIANCE – TOGETHER STRONG! And it was the best choice that I could have made for Lexie. Now a year later Lexie is tumbling her heart out and is part of a great team that she thinks the world of. This could not of happened without the support of Coach Todd Wood, Coach Jolene and most especially Coach Billy. Thank you Kellie Cady-Varga for welcoming my daughter into your organization. And I forgot a very important person Cody Hunt…you are just awesome.

– Tanya Wenzel