The idea of pom poms as workout equipment, netted her $10,000 in capital

Hosted by Steve Harvey, entrepreneurs pitch in a head-to-head competition to “The Funderdome” (a live studio audience) for the chance to win up to $100K in capital. The pitch that gets the most votes wins the money. Before the winner is announced, both competitors get the chance to “cash out” for a lower sum of money.

Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships sat down with Sherry for an exclusive interview after the show.

STEVE HARVEY’S FUNDERDOME - "Episode 104" - Aspiring inventors hoping to win over a live studio audience to fund their ideas, products or companies include: swimsuit pieces that can be used as either a top or a bottom, weighted pompoms, and a plate that converts into a container to store the uneaten portion of kids' meals, on an all-new episode of the seed-funding competition reality series, "Steve Harvey's FUNDERDOME," airing on SUNDAY, JULY 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m.), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Lisa Rose) SHERRY LEETHAM (POUNDPOMS), STEVE HARVEY












(PoundPoms creator Sherry Leetham and Steve Harvey. Image: ABC/Lisa Rose)


Why are you so passionate about fitness, and how did that passion lead you to create PoundPoms? 


Wow…I’m not sure there’s enough space to explain my passion. When I first became a professional in the fitness industry, a mentoring colleague said, “If your body breaks down…where ya gonna live?” That struck home for me because prior to becoming a professional in the fitness industry, I was a social worker and although I didn’t have a weight problem, I did have a stress problem.

As an LCSW (Licensed Certified Social Worker) who specialized in child sexual abuse, I saw the wicked of the wicked. Stress led me to scratch my hair out in my sleep and most horribly, dislocate my shoulder in my sleep. I would awaken to a nightmare of me screaming and then immediately having to calm myself so I could relax and put my shoulder back in. Even talking about it now gives me the heebie-jeebies!

Stress can lead to a variety of health disorders and exercising helped me to become healthy both inside and out. I strongly believe that health starts from ones’ mindset. It’s important to keep positive and motivational thoughts. My passion for fitness starts with my personal mantra “Internal Health, External Beauty.” What I learned as a counselor benefited me greatly when I became a fitness pro.

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