Ringside Sports to host “Southside Stampede” on Sunday

Event’s goal is to rally support for Southside athletes
Published: Aug. 13, 2021 at 8:04 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Southside of Cheyenne will be the site of a sports kickoff party. Capital City-based company Ringside Sports is hosting the “Southside Stampede” on Sunday, August 15.

“We feel like it’s really time to create a new culture in our community and really embrace this third high school,” said Ringside Sports’ Janell Mellish. “Our hope is that the three high schools can go 1-2-3 in the state.”

The “Southside Stampede” will take place on W. Allison Road, the street between South High School and Johnson Junior High. The goal of the event is to drum up excitement for Southside athletes and to get more people to support them in person.

“We really want to rally the community and get them in the stands, get them to fill the wrestling matches, the basketball games, cheer on the cheerleaders,” said Mellish. “Get them engaged because this community does have a heart for the kids, it has a heart for sports and so the attendance really does need to reflect that as well.”

Janell Mellish is the mastermind behind the “Stampede”. She is a former U.S. Air Force Drill Sargent and a fervent supporter of the Southside and youth and high school athletics.

“We believe in sports,” she said. “We believe in the impact that they can have with them. We believe in the mentorship that sports provides and then all the teamwork that comes with sports. I just feel like it’s a really important thing to make sure the kids are engaged with them.”

The rally is open to anyone who wants to come and the event will feature free t-shirts, food, and prizes. However, at the end of the day, the “Stampede” is about making sure Southside athletes know that Cheyenne is there for them.

“I think the most important thing is to show the kids that this community is coming together, that we’re gonna work together no matter what organization we’re a part of,” said Mellish. “We want to work together for the good of our community and we want to show up for these kids together.”

“The Southside Stampede” gets started at 10 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m.

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