BRANDON — The Brandon All-Stars will be featured in a nationwide film celebrating the athleticism of cheerleading and the determination of its athletes.
The movie, Cheer Night Out, will focus on the Nfinity Champions League, a national competition this weekend in Atlanta when the Brandon All-Stars will compete against 27 other teams. It is the first all-star competition to be filmed and shown in theaters nationwide.
Teams are competing for a donation to their charity of their choice. If they win, the local team will donate their winnings to the Ashley Atherley Fund, set up in honor of the 28-year-old Brandon woman who was murdered by her husband after they moved to California. Atherley's mother, who founded the fund, worked at the All-Stars gym at the time.
"We consider them a part of our family," said Joslynne Harrod, vice president of Brandon All-Stars. "It was a no-brainer that we wanted to choose that fund. It's kind of an ongoing project for us."
While the team is thankful for the opportunity to share their success with the community, they're also eager to bring their athleticism to the silver screen.
"They've never done anything on this scale before," Harrod said. "I think they know their athleticism will shine through and they know what they do isn't easy. They want to hit a perfection routine for the whole world to see."
Cheer Night Out will explore the behind-the-scenes aspect of the competition, highlighting the kids as they prepare for competition and exploring what drives them to perform.
It will be shown in theaters Thursday, including a sold-out screening at AMC Regency. Visit thechampsleague.com of Cheer Night Out on Facebook for details on other local screenings.
Caitlin Johnston, Times staff writer