Charlotte Checkers CheckMates
Presented by Hickory Tavern The CheckMates are a vital part of the Checkers' community outreach programs and game experience and are a diverse group that includes college students, teachers, financiers and other working professionals. Request an Appearance at Your Event

2018-19 Squad

Megan

Megan

Hometown: Newton, NC
College: UNCC
Job: Paralegal
Dance/cheer experience: 22 years
Favorite sports team: Carolina Panthers
First job: Assistant dance instructor
Favorite emoji: 😄
Go-to karaoke song: I will survive
Last Netflix show: White Collar
Dream vacation: Barcelona
Cats or dogs: Dogs
Iryna

Iryna

Hometown: Odessa, Ukraine
College: UNCC
Job: Business development specialist
Dance/cheer experience: 10 years
Favorite sports team: Charlotte Checkers
First job: Cashier at Cookout
Favorite emoji: 😍
Go-to karaoke song: Gold Digger by Kanye West
Last Netflix show: The Office
Dream vacation: Greece
Cats or dogs: Cats
Alexandra

Alexandra

Hometown: Frisco, TX
College: University of North Texas
Job: Certified child life specialist
Dance/cheer experience: 10+ years
Favorite sports team: Dallas Cowboys
First job: Nanny
Favorite emoji: 😍
Go-to karaoke song: I wanna dance with somebody
Last Netflix show: Last Chance U
Dream vacation: Bali
Cats or dogs: Dogs
Cassie

Cassie

Hometown: Claremont, NC
College: Catawba Valley Community College
Job: Nanny
Dance/cheer experience: 15 years competition dance, 2 years teaching
Favorite sports team: North Carolina Tar Heels
First job: Dance Teacher
Favorite emoji: 😻
Go-to karaoke song: No Hands
Last Netflix show: Glee
Dream vacation: Bora Bora
Cats or dogs: Cats
Cayla

Cayla

Hometown: Anchorage, AK
College: Virginia Union University
Job: Assistant property manager and online boutique owner
Dance/cheer experience: 20+ years
Favorite sports team: Charlotte Checkers
First job: Starbucks
Favorite emoji: 💖
Go-to karaoke song: Put your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae
Last Netflix show: Miss Congeniality
Dream vacation: Hawaii with my boyfriend
Cats or dogs: Dogs
Holly

Holly

Hometown: Mt. Airy, NC
College: UCF
Job: Office administrator
Dance/cheer experience: Since 2nd grade
Favorite sports team: Charlotte Checkers and Carolina Panthers
First job: Server
Favorite emoji: 😻
Go-to karaoke song: Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot
Last Netflix show: Tom Segura's stand up
Dream vacation: Italy
Cats or dogs: Cats
Courtney

Courtney

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
College: UNCC
Job: PR and marketing
Favorite sports team: Charlotte Checkers
First job: Dance teacher
Favorite emoji: 😋
Go-to karaoke song: Don't Stop Believin
Last Netflix show: Riverdale
Dream vacation: Amalfi Coast
Cats or dogs: Pups
Gabrielle

Gabrielle

Hometown: Mount Holly, NC
College: UNCC
Job: Would like to be a dentist
Dance/cheer experience: Since I was 4
Favorite sports team: Charlotte Checkers
First job: Waitress
Favorite emoji: 😉
Go-to karaoke song: In My Feelings
Last Netflix show: Grey's Anatomy
Dream vacation: Alaska
Cats or dogs: Dogs
Kristen

Kristen

Hometown: Charlotte by way of Princeton, WV
College: Virginia Tech undergrad, now at Liberty
Job: Dance teacher
Dance/cheer experience: 17 years
Favorite sports team: Virginia Tech football
First job: Waitress
Favorite emoji: 🤩
Go-to karaoke song: Man, I Feel Like a Woman
Last Netflix show: Friends
Dream vacation: Figi
Cats or dogs: Cats
Jessica

Jessica

Hometown: Germanton, NC
College: UNCC
Job: Manager at a pilates studio
Dance/cheer experience: 19 years
Favorite sports team: Charlotte Checkers
First job: Dance teacher
Favorite emoji: 💁
Go-to karaoke song: It's All Coming Back by Celine Dion
Last Netflix show: Shameless
Dream vacation: Greece
Cats or dogs: Dogs
Taysia

Taysia

Hometown: Latta, SC
College: Winthrop
Job: Conselor, Meal prep business owner, dance teacher
Dance/cheer experience: 8 years
Favorite sports team: Carolina Panthers
First job: Cashier at McDonald's
Favorite emoji: 🤷🏾‍♀️️
Go-to karaoke song: Anything by Anita Baker or Whitney Houston
Last Netflix show: Luke Cage
Dream vacation: Dubai
Cats or dogs: Dogs
Erica

Erica

Hometown: Richmond, VA
College: Virginia State University
Job: Social media specialist
Dance/cheer experience: 8 years
Favorite sports team: VSU Trojans
First job: Children's clothing store
Favorite emoji: 😎️️
Go-to karaoke song: Say My Name by Destiny's Child
Last Netflix show: Bill Nye the Science Guy
Dream vacation: Bora Bora
Cats or dogs: Dogs
Paulina

Paulina

Hometown: Woodbridge, VA
College: James Madison University
Job: Account manager
Dance/cheer experience: 10 years dance, 14 years skating
Favorite sports team: JMU football and Charlotte Checkers
First job: Figure skating coach
Favorite emoji: 🤷️️
Go-to karaoke song: Oops I Did it Again by Britney Spears
Last Netflix show: The Arrow
Dream vacation: Croatia
Cats or dogs: Dogs
Kelsea

Kelsea

Hometown: Concord, NC
Job: Nanny
Dance/cheer experience: Since I was 5
Favorite sports team: New England Patriots
First job: Hostess at Texas Roadhouse
Favorite emoji: 💃️️
Go-to karaoke song: Me Too by Meghan Trainor
Last Netflix show: Once Upon a Time
Dream vacation: Bora Bora
Cats or dogs: Dogs
Lena

Lena

Hometown: Clifton Park, NY
College: ECU and Lenoir-Rhyne University
Job: Occupational therapist
Dance/cheer experience: 22 years
Favorite sports team: New York Yankees
First job: Sales associate
Favorite emoji: 🤗️️
Go-to karaoke song: Everybody by Backstreet Boys
Last Netflix show: Dynasty
Dream vacation: Greece
Cats or dogs: Cats