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Chaos Elite cheer gym survives after head coach passes away

Teams preparing to compete at international level
Posted: 12:36 PM, Apr 21, 2022
Updated: 2022-04-21 15:51:34-04
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Chaos Elite is striving on despite the owner passing away suddenly.

This cheer gym is preparing two teams to compete internationally in Florida next week at an event known as the "Superbowl of Cheerleading."

"The owner passed away suddenly in December, and the gym was able to overcome such a huge loss and compete all season with three of our teams winning a bid to a national competition in Florida called 'The Summit,'" shared Tessa Lopez, a mother actively involved with Chaos Elite.

Luis Ortega Martinez was 50 at the time of his passing.

Teams from around the world are competing from Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, May 1.

"Between the two teams, ages of athletes range from 9-years-old, up to 26-year-old," explained Lopez.

See members of the gym practicing in the video player below:

Cheer team practicing at Chaos Elite

Currently, cheer teams are made up of people from across Pima County.

Chaos Elite is expanding their program and moving to 3970 W Ina Rd. on Wednesday, June 1.

The new 8,000 feet facility will feature:

  • Multiple training spaces
  • Parent viewing area
  • Air conditioning
  • Year-round classes for ages 3+

It will also earn the title of "Largest All Star Cheer Facility," as well as continue its status of "Longest Standing All Star Program" in Tucson.

Anyone interested in joining the gym should visit for registering and exploring class schedules.

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