The Mile High Tumblers were started by a young entrepreneur named Ozell Williams, who uses tumbling as a way to teach good values to youth all over the world. Tumbling kept Ozell out of trouble as a kid and he spends his life sharing this story in order to give direction to those who are in need.
What inspired you to start tumbling?
When I was 5 years old, I broke my neighbor Ms. Jackson's window. My mother worked out a way for me to pay for the window by joining Ms. Jackson’s soccer team. The year I played we won the championship. Ms. Jackson and my Mother became friends and she had a gymnastics gym which I joined. I fell in love with tumbling and for the next 5 years I trained on my craft and learned how to be a respectful young boy. Ms. Jackson died when I turned 10 but I learned so much from here in those 5 years. My foundation was solid because of Ms. Jackson and I continue to build today on that foundation I set all those years ago. I believe my story can be seen in my tumbling.
What made you want to get involved at sporting events?
I want to provide tumbling entertainment never seen or demonstrated. The energy and excitement at sporting events match the energy and excitement felt every time I do a tumbling run so it is made perfect sense. With all the fans I would be able to expand our customer base into new areas within Colorado including schools and various non-profit organizations. We also provide students with entrepreneurial job skills (i.e. coaching, private classes and tumbling) that can open doors to future employment opportunities.
Describe your Impact the Youth program?
Being involved in the Boys & Girls club when I was growing up allowed me to stay out of trouble, enhance my emotional outlet, achieve many accomplishments and provided me with resources to survive in this world. Today, Mile High Tumblers Foundation and Impact the Youth program work to giving back to the youth in our community. I work with other non-profits like the Inner City Kids program, Make-a-Wish, I Have a Dream, and other programs to help children. It's important to have programs that create opportunities for youth in communities that allows them to get off the streets and find that emotional outlet early in their lives. I also help others find that activity or sport allows them to control their emotional side and not let it control them, like it almost did to me. Through Impact the Youth, I want to give people the chance to create, alter or change their identities, by using their talents to reveal their destine paths and gain experience to make the right decisions.
Where is your favorite place to perform and why (sports halftime specific)?
I like to perform on earth, this is my favorite place. Earth is like a big playground to me. I can fly, leap over obstacles, twist and tumble. I have no boundaries. I love to entertain people all over the world.
Describe your experience on the Olympic circuit?
The experience with Team USA Cheer was unreal because the trainers have the training to do tumbling and cheer at a higher level, like a professional football team. They trained us as if it were a profession, but in a way where it was fun and we were always learning. We had the opportunity to open up and be honest with what we knew and what we didn't know. I felt like I was part of the Team USA Cheer family. Being in a foreign land makes you focus on your training everyday and this helped me grow as a tumbler and a coach. You get to see how people all over the world love the same thing that you love and are giving more respect to our trade as tumblers.
What has been the highlight of your tumbling career so far?
Guinness book of World Record where I tumbled 57 back hand springs and was awarded a trip to Italy. A close second would be traveling with Team USA Cheer where I met my girlfriend Taylor at a cheer camp.