Flipping for a cause

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Van Underwood Stokes was born to dazzle. He flips, dances and will surely amaze you, if you’ve never seen him in action.

“I went outside and I did a backflip, like the first time, and I said ‘Dad, watch this!’ And, I did it,” said Stokes. “He was like that’s good son, do another one.”

Earlier this year, Stokes created A League Entertainment with his friend. They showcase their many artistic skills, including parkour, dancing and music.

“You get a little banged up, a little bit. Hey, you get banged up [and] you do it again, you know. As long as the people are cheering. That’s what we’re going for — people to cheer, and when they cheer, you’ll be like, ‘yeah, so I did it right,’” said Stokes, a 2005 McCutcheon High School graduate.

They have performed at events in Kokomo, Logansport and Indianapolis. One of the groups’ goals is to promote fitness, which means a lot to their athletically gifted leader.

“I get messages on the phone all the time saying that could you teach my son to do this because he wants to get into dancing because he’s not really excelling,” said Stokes.

Another source of pride for the A League team leader is that his passion for fitness helps him bond with his family, especially his autistic brother Marcus.

“I know, I sleep good at night when I do that for my mother and my brother,” Stokes explained. “So if I could feel that good for just those two people — I mean, if I could inspire a whole bunch of other people too — that’s going to be tenfold.”

Stokes said the team’s next performance will be at the Days of the Dead, which will be held at the Wyndham Indianapolis West from June 27 to June 29.

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