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NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) — They may be small but they’re also loud and proud.

“Go Hounds!” cheered the girls of the Naugatuck Hounds Mitey Mites cheerleading squad, which is made up of 7, 8, and 9-year-old girls who have pretty big dreams.

“I think cheerleading and competing really helps them to be self-confident,” said head coach, Jillian Porter.

And the girls are keeping that confidence as they head to Walt Disney World for the big competition: a national championship.

Porter said they’ve worked tirelessly to perfect their steps and routines. They’ve also overcome adversity — like several key injuries.

Through it all, Porter said the girls are learning skills like teamwork and discipline that will hopefully lead them to success throughout life.

“Even though they’re all very different … working together and respecting each others’ diversity and the absolute unique person they all are is going to make them amazing young adults one day,” Porter said.

That’s why she believes this team has already won before they even leave home.

The girls will compete Tuesday morning.

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