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DENISON, TX -- Dozens of cheerleaders and parents met up for a special competition, and their routines may help teens in crisis.

A two-year-old cheerleading gym called Cheer Exclusive, located in a warehouse space off F.M. 84, held a special competition to benefit the North Texas Youth Connection, but the girls here do not just do cheers. They were somersaulting and tumbling across the floor on Saturday.

North Texas Youth Connection Executive Director Sharon Watson says the event raised about $5,000, and that every penny counts as the group plans from Sherman to Denison next month.

"Our new home here in Denison will double our capacity to help runaway and homeless kids and it'll be a fresh new facility for us and we're looking forward to it," Watson says.

According to Watson, the funds will go to outfitting the old medical building next to the old Texoma Medical Center with enough bedroom furniture to serve 30 kids.

Sherman Mayor Cary Wacker and Champion Cooler vice president Brian Aspell served as judges and cheerleaders from Pottsboro, Whitesboro, and Bells all took part in the event.