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King's Highway offers bus rides for cheerleaders to Iraan football game

Published: Dec. 8, 2016 at 3:21 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2016 at 10:28 AM CST
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Source: Caleb Holder
Source: Caleb Holder
Source: Caleb Holder
Source: Caleb Holder

WOLFFORTH, TX (KCBD) - As cheerleaders from at least 70 different schools across the state of Texas hope to help raise spirits for Iraan Sheffield ISD at their game in Abilene this Friday, a Wolfforth business wants to help unite them in their journey.

"I'm just so proud to be a West Texan," said Tom Walters, the owner of King's Highway Charters & Tours, "and proud to be a part of everybody coming together to help when things happen."

For nearly 20 years, Walters has driven his charter buses from Wolfforth across the country, and beyond.

"We wanted to provide affordable transportation and a Christian atmosphere," he said.

While Walters originally planned to drive retirement tours in his single bus, his company has grown to 15 buses. There is even one specifically for the Texas Tech Spirit Team.

"It's schools, churches, universities…sometimes businesses," he said.

But after the Iraan Sheffield's cheer bus crashed Friday night, Walters wanted to help them cope through the death of a cheer sponsor and an injured cheer team.

"It kind of broke my heart," he said. "When this accident happened with the cheerleaders, it struck a chord."

Walters has seen firsthand how cheerleaders become like family.

"Even if it's your fiercest rival, you're friends and family with the other spirit squads," he said.

That is why he wants to bring these different school cheer teams together in his charter buses, to take them to Abilene.

"For all of them to get together and ride as a group or as a family," he said.

Each of his charter buses can hold up to 56 cheerleaders each.

"We have several buses available if we have that many squads," Walters said.

He also wants to alleviate the stress from bus drivers who get nervous to drive in cold weather.

"We put a little more rugged tire on the buses in the wintertime," he said. "We've been in all the providences in Canada, Alaska four times."

Walters does not mind going the distance to pick any of the teams up.

"If it would be best for me to go to each school and pick them up, I'll be glad to do that," he said.

UPDATE: After the story aired on Wednesday night, six different cheer squads have called King's Highway to be bussed to the game in Abilene. Also, a vending company reached out to King's Highway to donate snacks and drinks to the squads.

If any cheer organizations are interested in taking Walters up on his offer, he asks that they call him at 806-863-3867.

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