About 6 months before Cheer Pride opened its own gym, Owner, Lisa Kretschman, was contacted by The Cheer Professional magazine. She was recommended by other industry professionals as a person who could offer some insight on the topic of parent relations.
Kretschman says, "I was honestly surprised that they contacted me! We had only been established as a program for about a year, and I was not expecting to already be on someone's radar for an article like this. When I saw the other owners who were contacted, industry greats who have owned programs for well over a decade, I was truly flattered. I take a lot of PRIDE in what I do as a gym owner, aiming to provide a completely different atmosphere from most other All Star Gyms. A huge part of that is my accessibility and approachability, as well as keeping parent drama to a minimum. I will say that I haven't had to do very much in that regard. I really feel that I've hit the lottery when it comes to our parents, they are a pretty supportive group! Looking back on this article over 2 years later, I believe that I have stayed true to what I've said, though I probably would have a great deal more to add to it than I did back then!"
In an excerpt from the article, Kretschman stated, “I try to really discourage people from comparing their kids to other kids. We try to make everyone feel important, whether they are at Level 1 or Level 4. That’s all part of making sure we don’t have any issues."
We feel that this truly exemplifies the heart of Cheer Pride. We value EFFORT and ATTITUDE over skills. We are a welcoming place for beginners, just as much as we can train and grow our athletes with higher level skills. We put a great deal of effort into keeping our parents and athletes happy!
To read the full article, click here: http://thecheerprofessional.com/down2biz/web-exclusive-the-parent-trap/