Deep in the heart of Ardmore, there lies a place where cheer dreams come true on a regular basis.

Deep in the heart of Ardmore, there lies a place where cheer dreams come true on a regular basis.

This place is also home to the highly successful Oklahoma Outlaws Cheer and Tumbling teams, whose accomplishments are proudly displayed in the form of championship banners throughout the gym.

Recently, Plainview High School senior Jordan Lewis got to make one of her dreams come true in front of her friends and family at the gymnasium which has become like a second home to her.

Lewis signed her official National Letter of Intent to cheer in college as a member of the Oklahoma Baptist University cheerleading squad in Shawnee. 

Lewis will be the second representative from the area on the OBU Cheerleading team, as Davis’ Dlyen Johnson is also a member of the team. 

Despite other interests from Central Oklahoma University in Edmond and Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, Lewis said she always had her heart set on cheering at Oklahoma Baptist.  

“When I was a junior, Coach (Jessica) Stiles, who is the head coach at OBU, was very welcoming to me,” she said. “Then when I made an official visit to the campus, it just seemed like a perfect fit. She gave me an offer and I didn’t have to even think twice about saying yes to it, because Oklahoma Baptist was just where I wanted to be. She became a coach to me even before she officially became one of my coaches.”

It seemed only fitting that Lewis would hold her signing party at the place where she’s worked so hard for so many years as a competitor and now a coach, the Oklahoma Outlaws Cheer and Tumble facility. 

“I could have had my signing at Plainview High School, but I chose to have it here with all my cheer friends and family,” Lewis said. “A lot of my friends who do competitive cheer with me live about an hour or more away from here. The moment was so special to me and it was better than I could have ever imagined. It was overwhelming to see how many people cared for me.”

Lewis added she credits competitive cheer with making her prepared not just for the college level of cheer but what lies ahead following college.

“I used to just go through the motions with things,” she said. “When I started competitive cheer my freshman year, my coaches started pushing me and that was the first time I had ever experienced anything like that. It’s definitely made me a lot tougher than I used to be, and it’s taught me to set my goals higher for myself in life and in cheer as well.”

When she begins attending Oklahoma Baptist University in the fall, Lewis said she plans to major in marketing.