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Thirty-Fourth Annual National High School Cheerleading Championship Attracts Largest Participation in Event History

560 cheerleading teams from across the U.S. competed at Walt Disney World Resort® in Orlando

UCA NHSCC LogoMEMPHIS, Tenn. – Feb. 10, 2014 – After months of practice, more than 11,000 of the country’s top high school cheerleaders competed this weekend in the National High School Cheerleading Championships, produced by the Universal Cheerleaders Association, a Varsity brand. The prestigious championship, showcasing the country’s best high school cheerleaders, took place at the Walt Disney Resort® in Orlando, Fla., from February 8 – 9. New to the competition this year was the Game Day National Championship, where 25 teams competed in a true sideline competition.

These groups have spent months on the sidelines cheering on their high school sporting teams, and all the hours of hard work and preparation was highlighted when each team took the stage. In its 34th year, the two-day event hosted 11,424 cheerleaders from 560 teams across 30 states. The cheerleading teams were judged on their stunting and tumbling skills, crowd-leading abilities and overall performance. Teams competing in the championship had to qualify at a regional event in order to participate.

Varsity will be posting segments of each performance on www.varsity.com so fans around the world can watch their favorite teams. The competitions will also air on ESPNU and ESPN2 starting March 22. Viewers can check their local listings for air times.

The Large Division Winners (17 – 20 members) included:

  • Large Varsity Division 1 (>1,600 school enrollments): Hagerty High School – Oviedo, Fla.
  • Large Varsity Division 2 (<1,599 school enrollments): Mount Sinai High School – Mt. Sinai, N.Y.
  • Large Varsity Coed: Dyer County High School – Newbern, Tenn.

The Super Division Winners (21 – 30 members) included:

  • Super Varsity Division 1 (>1,600 school enrollments): Westlake High School – Austin, Texas
  • Super Varsity Division 2 (<1,599 school enrollments): James Clemens High School – Madison, Ala.

Game Day Winners included:

  • Large Varsity (17 – 20 members) Game Day: Vandebilt Catholic High School – Houma, La.
  • Super Varsity (21 – 30 members) Game Day: Arlington High School – Arlington, Tenn.

More than 18,000 spectators attended the national championship event, with performances at three different venues within the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and one stage at Hollywood Studios, all on the grounds Walt Disney World Resort.

The Universal Cheerleaders Association is dedicated to the safe and responsible practice of cheerleading, and all teams participating in the National High School Cheerleading Championships comply with the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators safety guidelines.

Thirty-Fourth Annual National High School Cheerleading Championship Attracts Largest Participation in Event History

Varsity All Star Announces Triple Crown Championship to be Aired on CBS Sports Network

Varsity All Star LogoMemphis, Tenn., January 29, 2014 – Varsity All Star has announced that it will air three separate one-hour shows on the CBS Sports Network tracking the teams of the Triple Crown Championship. The shows will take viewers behind the scenes at their home gyms and on the road at events as they compete for this new title.

Four Senior Large Coed Level 5 teams have committed to compete for this new title. ACE Warriors, Charlotte All Stars Midnight, Top Gun All Stars and Stingrays All Stars Steel will be featured. Viewers will get to see the teams preparing at their gyms and practicing for the events.

Cheersport LogoIn support of Varsity’s Shine On campaign, which encourages service and stewardship, these teams will not just be competing for a title; they will be competing to win money for a charity of their choice. As these teams compete at CHEERSPORT, NCA and UCA, they will earn money towards their cause based on where they place at each event. The winning team’s designated cause will not only receive the sum of their team’s winnings, but Varsity All Star will match that amount.

NCA All Star Nationals Logo“We are excited to introduce the Triple Crown Championship and partner with CBS Sports to televise this inaugural season,” says John Newby, Executive Vice President of Varsity. “And we’re proud that we can work together with these amazing gyms to raise money for great causes, each one handpicked by the teams. Good luck to all teams competing to be the first ever Triple Crown Champion.”

UCA LogoFor more information on The Triple Crown, visit: http://www.varsityallstar.com/triple-crown-championship. Each event of the Triple Crown series will be televised in a one-hour show on the CBS Sports Network. More information on air dates will be released in the coming weeks.

Varsity All Star Announces Triple Crown Championship to be Aired on CBS Sports Network

Varsity All Star’s “The Summit” to Be Broadcast Live on ESPN3

The Summit will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN 3 via WatchESPN, a new app providing nonstop reporting of ESPN live sports and shows.

Varsity All Star LogoMemphis, Tenn., January 15, 2014 – In 2013, Varsity All Star launched its new all levels championship, The Summit, which was created to provide an unique opportunity for the best youth, junior and senior teams in non-Worlds divisions to face-off in a live competition. The inaugural Summit competition was held at the Walt Disney World Resort® in Orlando, FL in May of 2013.

There were 339 teams from 170 gyms in 39 states at the first event, doubling the expected number of teams. Feedback from athletes, coaches and parents was overwhelmingly positive. “(Disney was an) awesome venue,” said Chuck Chartrey of NW Xtreme. “(The Summit) was such a morale and enrollment booster for us.”

The 2014 Summit will take place on May 3rd and 4th at the Walt Disney World® Resort’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Varsity All Star will be awarding 100 paid bids and 375 at-large bids to teams that qualify to take the climb to The Summit at 40 of its premier Varsity events across the country.

New this year is an exclusive LIVE show of The Summit that will be broadcast on ESPN3 at the 2014 competition. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer coverage of The Summit on ESPN3,” said John Newby, Executive VP of Varsity. “The world can see the talent of these amazing athletes for themselves, as well as family members and fans of all star cheerleading.”

Access to live programming on the ESPN3 channel of WatchESPN.com is available at no additional cost to fans with subscriptions to participating high speed internet service providers. To find out more about how to watch, go to WatchESPN.com.

Varsity All Star’s “The Summit” to Be Broadcast Live on ESPN3

Premiere Issue of Inside Dance

ATLANTA, Ga. – Nov. 15, 2013 – Inside Dance, an all-new magazine that will debut in February 2014, is proud to announce that world-renowned dancer and choreographer Travis Wall will appear on the cover of the premiere issue! To celebrate the launch of the magazine, Inside Dance will be offering a free issue of the magazine, autographed by Wall, to the next 1,000 subscribers. Subscriptions can be ordered through www.InsideDance.com or www.subscribeig.com and the free autographed issue is only available to the next 1,000 subscribers.

Inside Dance Logo“I’m honored to have been selected to appear in the cover story for the premiere issue of Inside Dance,” Wall said. “I love the approach the magazine is taking in presenting a fun, fresh take on the world of dance and I’m excited to be able to engage with fans through this exciting new magazine!”

Wall has been a fan-favorite with dance aficionados for years and has received multiple Emmy nominations for his choreography work. The runner-up on the Fox hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance, Wall won over judges and fans alike with his breathtaking dance and engaging personality. Working with stars including Florence and the Machine and Rihanna, Wall’s choreography has been showcased from the Academy Awards to the MTV Video Music Awards and everywhere in between. He also choreographed the contemporary numbers for the feature film Step Up Revolution. Wall is among the founding members for the dance company Shaping Sound which was featured in the Oxygen TV series All The Right Moves.

Travis Wall“Travis has a unique ability to connect with fans, whether through his moving choreography, his inspired dance or his genuine personality,” said Chris Korotky, President and Publisher of Inside Dance. “Time and time again, I’ve watched his work and have truly been in awe of his stirring performances. Inside Dance is about inspiration, excitement, passion, substance and entertainment, and Travis embodies all of those qualities, which makes him the perfect subject of our premiere cover story.”

Subscriptions are available now through the website, and will begin with the February 2014 debut issue. From the competition side at the Studio, School (high school and college) and All Star level, to conventions, tours and the commercial and professional side of dance, Inside Dance will have all of the bases covered! With insightful articles from experienced dancers, choreographers, instructors, directors, dance and talent competition producers, stylists, health experts and more, the magazine will offer the inside scoop from the world of dance, all with breath-taking photography.

For more on the magazine and to begin a subscription, visit www.InsideDance.com. The next 1,000 subscribers will get a free premiere issue, autographed by Wall, which is sure to be a collector’s item!

Cheer Channel Releases World Premiere of New Webseries “On The Mat”

Cheer Channel logo(November 5, 2013, AUSTIN, Texas)…Cheer Channel Inc. (CCI), the #1 online news and entertainment network for the spirit industry, announced the world premiere of its new original webseries, On the Mat, hosted by Makenzi Swicegood. The first of the bi-weekly episodes is now available for viewing on the CheerChannelNetwork YouTube channel, CCI website, and Cheer Channel Facebook page. The premiere episode of the series introduces viewers to Swicegood and what to expect in upcoming episodes. Makenzi is a natural to host the show. She was a three-time Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and member of the first ever Worlds Gold Medal team with Cheer Athletics, and is currently the director and coach of Level 3 at Cheer Athletics in Plano, Texas. She is also the step-daughter of Jody Melton, co-owner of Cheer Athletics Inc.

On the Mat is the first ever show that will take viewers behind the scenes in the world of cheer gyms, their owners and coaches, what it takes to be successful and profitable, and how to avoid the common mistakes and pitfalls of running a competitive team. The show will feature “Gyms of the Month,” exclusive interviews, coaching tips and techniques, human interest stories, webinars, teleseminars, and follow athletes on the road to Worlds.

“We have a huge subscriber base of coaches and gym owners and this show is in response to specific requests that we address the ongoing needs, questions, and topics that will be helpful to those on this side of the industry,” said Lance Robbins, Executive Producer of On the Mat.

Initial sponsors of On the Mat are SAM Spotting and Elite Sportz Band. For more information about the show or CCI, or for sponsorship opportunities, contact [email protected] or visit www.cheerchannel.com.

ABOUT CHEER CHANNEL INC.:

CCI, a privately held corporation with offices in Texas and California, serves as the premier entertainment and news network for the millions of athletes and fans of the spirit industry. An interactive, multi-digital online and broadcast destination, CCI provides the latest emerging media technology engaging tweens and teens across the most popular social media platforms. CCI offers access to cheer and dance news, fashion, health and beauty trends, reality programming, celebrity cheerleader profiles, live and taped cheer competitions and branded entertainment for its original webseries and lifestyle content. For more information on Cheer Channel, contact [email protected] or go to www.cheerchannel.com.

Stunt & NCATA Updates – October 2013

Stunt announced it’s 4th season will start with a record number of teams and it has met the minimum requirements for NCAA Emerging Sports status while NCATA has announced the addition of Gannon University and Adrian College for the 2014 season and Concordia University Wisconsin for the 2015 season.

Stunt Announcement | Gannon University and Adrian College Announcement | Concordia University Wisconsin Announcement

Varsity All Star Triple Crown Championship

Varsity All Star LogoVarsity announced the Triple Crown Championship for teams that compete at Cheersport, NCA, and UCA.

  • Teams must compete at all three events in the same division to participate.
  • Awarded to teams who place 1st at CHEERSPORT, NCA and UCA.
  • Winners receive exclusive Varsity All Star Triple Crown jackets, backpacks, championship banners, champion medallions, championship crown jewelry.

Complete information is available on VarsityAllStar.com.