About Us

About Us

Who is CER (Cheer Extreme Raleigh) Cheerleading?

CER Cheerleading is a Raleigh based company who offers All-Star Cheerleading, tumbling, summer camps, gym rental and advanced skills for young athletes. The mission of CER Cheerleading is to provide a family oriented environment focused on the athlete. Athletes will encounter:

  • The best coaches the area can offer
  • Coaches focused on developing the athletes physical, social and emotional skills
  • A safe place to practice
  • Opportunities to participate in community service projects


How Did Cheer Extreme Start?


The Smith family (Betsy, Courtney and Kelly), based out of Kernersville, NC, founded Cheer Extreme Allstars (CEA) in 1992.  What began as a recreational cheerleading league for a local elementary school became a World Championship competitive cheerleading program.  The first location in Kernersville, NC is one of the most respected programs in the United States. Here is Courtney Smith Pope's story: "In 1992 while coaching a group of recreational basketball cheerleaders, I decided to form a special group for competitions. I was 15 years old. The next season we took this same group of 2nd - 5th graders to nationals. When I attended college at Wake Forest University, CEA grew to two squads and while pursuing a degree in Biology, we won our first Nationals in 1998. Going into my senior year, after a tryout with almost 150 girls, I decided not to enter medical school and put all my energies into an allstar cheerleading program. That season Cheer Extreme began on a quest to be one of the nation's very best cheer gyms." 


How Did Cheer Extreme Raleigh Start?


Courtney's sister, Kelly Smith Helton, grew up in a world surrounded by the cheerleading business.  While the Smith family ran the cheer gym full-time throughout her teenage years, she was flying point on the inaugural Senior Elite squad from 1996-2002.  With a strong academic and athletic background, Kelly went on to attend NC State University from 2002-2006 as a Park Scholar, where she cheered under Harold Trammel for the Varsity Squad (Red Team) all four years.  Upon graduating as valedictorian of NC State Business School in 2006, Kelly became the allstar director for Cheer Extreme Raleigh in April of that year.  The lessons learned by both Courtney and Harold would prove to be invaluable.  Throughout the last 10 seasons, CEA Raleigh has won hundreds of national championships, including 3 NCA National Championships in the small junior coed and International Open 5 categories, 2 MAJORS titles in the small senior division, 2 Champions League Titles  and medaled at the World Championship 7 times in three separate divisions.   CEA Raleigh currently houses 15 competitive cheerleading squads, levels 1-5 and the athletes range in age from 4 to 25 years old.  We look forward to many more competitive seasons in our future. 



Welcome to Cheer Extreme Raleigh!  Cheer Extreme serves over 1,000 athletes in North Carolina and Virginia, in nine (9) locations.  Cheer Extreme is the largest program in North Carolina with a national reputation as one of the premier programs in the country.

All-Star Cheerleading combines tumbling, elite stunting, dancing, and conditioning to teach goal setting and team work.

We offer both half-year and full-year cheerleading programs. 

For more information about the all-star programs, please visit www.cheerextreme.com or contact our owner Kelly Smith Helton at kellysmithhelton@gmail.com 336-681-2338