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Cheerleaders in Mount Vernon search for permanent place to practice

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- The Supreme All-Star Cheer Team of Mount Vernon has spirit and talent -- but they do not have a permanent space to practice.

The cheerleading team, a non-profit program, competes across the country and welcomes girls ages 4 to 18. But coach Sandy Ramsey says they may not be able to continue the program.

“We’ve been struggling with practices,” Ramsey told PIX11 News. “Mount Vernon is dangerous, there’s a lot of things going on outside to have the girls outside."

The Supreme All Stars currently work on routines wherever they can. Sometimes they meet in the cramped basement of a church, other times in parking lots.

The team has reached out to Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas to help them find a home, an affordable space where they can regularly practice.

In a statement to PIX11 News on Monday night, the mayor's office said they have provided the team with help and resources already.

“We have engaged in outreach with our partners in the school district, private industry and given the Supreme All-Stars team’s organizers information and access to other funding opportunities," the statement said. "We hope the team’s organizers follow up on the numerous options that have been presented to them.”

The team as acted as a safe place for many of the members, including cheerleading captain Alexis Roberson. The 18-year-old said that joining the team helped her become a better student.

“Before I started, I was fighting in the streets,” she said. “Outside when I wasn’t supposed to be outside.”

As the team continues competing, Ramsey said they are determined to keep up the search for a space.

“If we are going to win for Mount Vernon, we need more from Mount Vernon,” she said.