Island All Starz originated 24 years ago by Barbara Liantonio, the "Cheerleading Legend of Staten Island." Barbara cheered with Hewlett High School and went on to cheer for the NY Jets. In 1994, Barbara decided to follow her dream of opening her own all star program. She built a successful business with many national championship titles.

In 2017, after Barbara's passing, her son, James DeFranco reopened Island All Starz in her memory to rebuild her legacy.