Mary Slogosky’s business is built on her love of an activity.
And her work builds the skills and character of others inside her four walls and tall ceiling.
Sure, cheerleading to many may be a dozen girls shouting and moving in unison on the sidelines on a Friday night. Inside the walls of Cheer Central All Stars, however, cheerleading is more than that.
Slogosky led cheers on the sidelines some 20 years ago at Philipsburg-Osceola Area High School, dabbled in choreography at Penn State and began coaching at her high school alma mater after college. She took her “expensive hobby” to the local YMCA to help build the high school program.
The more kids that joined in her classes, the less space she had. The overcrowding took her to 289 Railroad St. 11 years ago, where she began Cheer Central and dropped her old job as a manager at the Days Inn in State College.
“I have that life where I turned my fun activity into my job,” she said.
A: Yes, there are local, regional and national competitions we go to depending on how old they are. Our teams are age 3 to 33 now. The younger ones go to maybe three local ones. My senior team, the high school age team, went to Florida last year. Some of these kids are going to very large, national competitions at that level.