Dear First Class Coaches & Staff,

 

Thank you for helping Courtney this past spring with her goal to be Miss Englewood.  I have said for years, you and your team are not just about cheer and dance, but teaching your athletes about setting and reaching goals.     I love my children being part of an organization that is constantly building their self esteem, developing their individual talents and teaching them the importance of teamwork.  You guys rock!  

 

Thank you again!!

Lisa May 

Dear First Class Athletics,

I am writing this to say how truly grateful and proud we are to be a part of this amazing gym and to thank the entire staff on behalf of our family! 

My oldest daughter Kason was interested in cheer at a very young age(age 3) and I wanted to make sure that I chose a gym that would not only groom her in technical cheer skills but, would help groom her spiritually as well. We chose First Class and we've never looked back..... Seven years later Kimberly and her staff have made her a well rounded young lady as well as the best cheerleader she can be. Kason is a God fearing child, that even teachers at her school have commended, on being well disciplined,driven, and focused. As her mother I would like to think I did that all myself.... But that's not the case! Thank you to all of the coaching staff especially Kimberly for believing in her and for helping her to believe in herself! It's an invaluable lesson for her to have already learned at such a young age and this coaching staff is to thank! Now that my youngest daughter Demi is old enough and showed interest in the same sport as well,she has been at first class for 3 years now, I'm thankful to say we are reaping the benefits of this coaching staff again! Demi is well on her way to becoming a well rounded young lady as well! My husband and I couldn't be more thrilled with this gym and our children's progress on and off the mat! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

With love and gratitude and the grace of God!

Elise Parolise  

 When we started the little journey in cheerleading, seven (7) years ago, never did I imagine that my daughter would learn or love a sport so much! The coaches at First Class the truly amazing people who care about each and every one of the athletes in the gym. This can be seen weather it's during a tumbling class, practice, or at competition. It's amazing to see an athlete, including my daughter, run off the mat straight to a coach and hug him and/or her! The love between an athlete and a coach is one that cannot be touched! The picture below says it all.  I also want to say THANK YOU for pushing my daughter not only to be a better Athlete, but a better person as well. She has learned to be confident and proud in all that she does, and that the "work is worth wait".  Thank you coaches! Thank you for being wonderful role models to my daughter! We live in Oakleaf (Orange Park), and pass other gyms to get to FCA. I could not imagine her being at any other gym! We are proud to be part of the FCAmily! 

"Why do you pay so much money for your kids to do cheer?" Well I have a confession to make, I don't pay for my kids Cheer. 

So, if I am not paying for Cheer, what am I paying for?

- I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit but don't.

- I pay for those days when my kids come home from school and are "too tired" to go to the gym but go anyway.

- I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined.

- I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their body.

- I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and to be good team mates.

- I pay for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don't get that score they'd hoped for, but still have to work hard in the process.

- I pay for my kids to learn to make and accomplish goals.

- I pay for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create a champion, and that success does not happen overnight.

- I pay for the opportunity my kids have and will have to make life long friendships.

- I pay so that my kids can be in the gym instead of in front of a screen.

- I pay for the loyalty it teaches between my kids and the coaches...

...I could go on but, to be short, I don't pay for cheer at all, I pay for the opportunities that Cheer provides my kids with to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far I think it is a great investment! 

In 2011 we signed our son up for a tumbling class.  We tried tee ball, karate, and basketball and he didn’t like any of those so I just wanted to find something to keep him active.  Athletics or socialization did not come natural for our son and he was very afraid of trying new things.  At his first class he could not do a hand stand.  I didn’t think this would be his thing and figure this too would be short lived.  The coaches were very encouraging to him and things started progressing.  They asked him to do their pre allstar team and he loved it.  After that season he join a level 2 full year team and he continue to improve.  We were amazed and how strong he was becoming and how he was more self confident.  The next year was the year he moved to a level 3 team, got his backhandspring , and confidence was showing more and more. This year he is doing two teams, level 3 and 5, and finally got his tuck and loves to stunt.  


We are very proud of all the progress our son has made in cheer but to us it’s way more.  Thanks to the coaches at First Class for believing in our son, even when we weren’t so sure.  You have given our son a new look on life and himself.  He now loves to show off his skills and loves his teammates and coaches.  We could never thank all of you enough for the impact that First Class has made in Jared’s life.


Jimmy and Sue Mullis

 

I have seen so much growth in my daughter in just a few months! I am so glad to be at First Class! The coaches are so patient yet push just enough! The sportsmanship I have seen in the kids is a true reflection of the staff and the values of the gym! We love it here!


Melissa Goodman 

Appreciation post... 
I would like to thank Kimberly for being the person that she is. You are by far the one of the BEST people I know. Your dedication to my child is truly remarkable. You have given her the skills to not only succeed in cheer, but to also succeed in life. You have taught her that things are not just handed to you, that you have to earn them. That sometimes life hands you lemons and to make lemonade with them. Thank you for not only being the BEST coach ever, but being my child's role model (her 2nd mom). 
With this being said, I am so thankful and blessed to be part of FCA. Kimberly you have followed your dreams and have made such an impact on so many children. You have taught them that it is not just about winning, it's about staying strong in your faith and doing the best of your ability. My child is not going to remember every trophy won, but she will remember the memories made. She won't remember the 4 hour practices everyday of the week, but she will remember how it felt to hit a solid routine or when someone got a new skill. Thank you for pushing each athlete to the best of their ability. And most important thank you for having a gym that is center around God. I am so proud of our gym, our second family. 

From a coach to an athlete... "You are going to do this. You are going to do this on your own and the feeling you will get will be unforgettable. I'm only here to catch you if you fall." 

The most wonderful thing I ever did was get involved with competitive cheerleading. This is a sport, these athletes work extremely hard and under the direction of Kimberly Newbern - Mayo and her amazing coaching staff my daughter has excelled not only as an athlete but in her academics. This sport teaches discipline, time management and teamwork. We love our FCA family and would highly recommend this gym to any athlete - male or female. You don't have to have the skills they build them and as a parent it is amazing to watch all the athletes blossom and celebrate each accomplishment on their journey.

Georganna Pate 

 If you are looking for a top notch competitive cheerleading organization, you found it and more! Not only is FCA the best place to learn, develop and sharpen your skills, it's a family first! You will make friendships that will last a lifetime! 

Amanda Moerland

heart emoticon

The first time my daughter was so scared and cried when I brought her (she's 5 it's normal). The very next time I brought her she was saying good bye to me in the parking lot before I even parked!! I absolutely adore the staff. Their patience and dedication is untouchable. I am so excited to watch my baby girl grow under such inspirational role models.

Miranda Vega 

 

Thank you Kimberly Marlee for ALWAYS believing in my girls! They love you so much, and you have been such a positive influence in their lives, for the past 5 years! Looking forward to watching them grow and soar at First Class Athletics, for many more years to come.

Nicole Brown 

She did it!

As a parent of a child with special needs a lot of thoughts go through your head about what your child might and might not be able to accomplish in their life. When we had Skyler and we found out she had Down Syndrome, silly enough the first thought that came to mind was, “Wow! I will never get to see her in her wedding dress and get married or do all of the fun things that mothers and daughters get to do when preparing for a special event everyone with a daughter takes for granted. Isn’t that silly of me to think when she was so little?! But thoughts like this sometimes cross my mind. Ultimately I have learned you never really know what your child is capable of. No parent should limit their child, special needs or not, because of what the parent thinks they can or cannot do. Skyler stretches our expectations almost daily. One day she just might get married, and if she does hopefully, they will live with us! HaHa!…. But seriously… I hope they live with us. My hubby and I don’t ever want her to leave, but as she gets older I’m sure we will grow as parents and realize she might be capable of living on her own, have a job and live a semi typical life one day. She’s such a very outgoing person�� Josh is telling me that he would still come over and make her breakfast every morning. He’s so funny… But I know he’s serious. It’s hard to even think about her growing up but, she’s already nine years old…where has the time gone?!

Two years ago we decided to try cheerleading after 5 years of dance. “YIKES!” We were nervous! Something I never really thought she could do… I mean all the tumbling and stunting… Pretty scary right? Mostly because of all the same reasons parents are nervous about when putting their princess in cheerleading. We couldn’t be happier that we called my friend Kimberly and she was so excited that we wanted her to cheer. She could have easily said “No” not really knowing what to expect. Instead, she was thrilled and that is what made our decision so easy!

Now, it’s her second season with First Class Athletics and last weekend was our Showcase performance for the gym. It’s a day where families and friends come watch all of the teams before the season kicks off. It’s such a rewarding experience seeing all of the teams and how far they have come since their first day. They all really did an amazing job. When I try to put into words how amazing the day was I can’t because it was literally the BEST DAY! It was a day filled with lots of love, happy tears and celebration. 
Skyler is on a team with some amazing and very talented athletes. When we started this season I had a lot of doubts about her continuing to cheer, being a competitive cheerleader myself, I know what the expectation is as a coach. But, I have realistic goals for Sky and her cheer life. While every mom wants their child to be the best and the one in the front row or in every stunt. My expectations are for her to have a blast, learn what she can and have the opportunity to make some amazing friends. I walked into this year thinking she probably wouldn’t be on a team because she is too old for the youngest team and she doesn’t have the skill needed to be with her age. This is really hard coming from someone that was cheering competitively most of my life. Sometimes I struggle with knowing my daughter won’t be as capable as others. Every parent wants to have a child that follows in their footsteps. I am so excited to see her grow and this weekend was a huge reflection of that. 

  
I was blown off my feet with emotion. She did such an amazing job in her routine. There were so many amazing moments like just seeing them holding hands walking on the mat together. She’s really apart of something! (My heart was melting and I held back tears) She knew every part of her routine and you could tell she loved every second of it. It was crazy seeing how confident she was. She was doing facials, adding choreography and hair flips. Smiling cheek to cheek the entire time. Honestly, I don’t even think the kids know what a huge impact it has on her and and my family. Seeing her surrounded by people that love and care for her so much. She is really learning so much from them. And the amazing families in the gym that are so supportive. You really felt the love in the room, It was incredible. 

  
For me the most amazing thing was when she finished the routine and she ran up to her coach Kimberly and wrapped her legs around her. I think the whole rooms heart dropped. That’s when you know you have made an impact. I was so proud and truly grateful of the fact that Kimberly loves her and wants to work with her. It would be so easy to just say no because really there wasn’t a place for her. She was so right with her vision of Skyler’s team. She is not only learning amazing skills but her confidence is growing. You could see in her eyes how proud she was to make her coach and her teammates proud.

 “Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”
— Anonymous 

  
My husband said that Zachary and Landon her brothers were so proud of their sissy. I remember actually hearing them cheer for her and they were in the top of the stands. So cute looking up and seeing them both dancing and Landon screaming “yay.”

  
Sky’s favorite part about today was “cheering at the school, friends, Kimberly, bopped (a dance) and stunts” all evening she kept saying “mommy I did it” (she kept waking up giving me a high five repeating this) And, yes you did beautiful girl and I couldn’t be more proud! It was super cute to look over at her after each performance and see her stand and clap for each team too. She really LOVES it! She is truly proud to be a part of this. She was even yelling her friends names during the routine. I love that she knows their names! So cute. 

  

 I am so happy my family is a part of such an amazing gym that lifts people up and isn’t afraid of hard work. Most importantly a gym that puts God first. I am truly thankful! It’s so rewarding seeing how happy Skyler was today. I will take that over any championship, metal or trophy! Just being around people that really love her and want the best for her. So proud of you Skyler. You are really one of the hardest working people I know. Thank You God for blessing me with her and showing me the little things in life are the most important and rewarding. 

So excited to see what else she will accomplish! It’s going to be one GREAT cheer season with our FCAmily! One very talented family! We Love you!

❤️

Kayla
Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”