Cheer showdown held to benefit North Texas Youth Connection

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DENISON, TX -- Cheerleaders and dance squads from around North Texas put their skills on display Saturday and it was all for a good cause.

Thirteen teams from around Texoma came out for the Cheer Showdown at Grayson College to help benefit the North Texas Youth Connection, but the teams did not compete for a trophy or against each other, instead their goal was to raise money for a new shelter to help kids their age who are homeless and have no place to go.

"We're hoping to raise $10,000 dollars. It'll go towards the construction of a new shelter in Denison. We have just begun that and we need the funds to help finish the shelter," Sharon Watson, the NTYC Executive Director, said.

The North Texas Youth Connection has been in the area for more than 36-years and is the only runaway center for teens between Dallas and Tulsa. The organization helps shelter, clothe and mentor more than 100 homeless kids each year and also councils 2500 families from numerous counties.

The Cheer Showdown is an annual event and several teams participate each year not only to get better, but also to give back.

"This is our second event to try to help and raise money for the North Texas Youth Connection. We are just putting on a big all-star showdown with other gyms in the area. So we got their dance teams...their all-star gym squads. We're just coming out here to try and raise as much money as we can to help this great foundation," Mike Clark, Owner of Cheer Exclusive, said.

If you were unable to attend the event, but would still like to help out and donate visit the North Texas Youth Connection's website at the link below.