- Cambridge’s Queensland Sharks to represent Canada at Junior Cheerleading Worlds via Cambridge Times.
- How I Went From A Bullied Teen To The First Male Cheerleader At The Super Bowl via Refinery29.
- Part of KSU Cheerleader’s Lawsuit Dismissed Against Sheriff, Ex-Lawmaker via WSBTV.
- The Twists, Tumbles and Turns of Josh Marsh via Kentucky Kernel.
- USA Cheer named the teams that will compete as Team USA in Hip Hop (Brigham Young University), Jazz (Utah Valley University), and Pom (Rutgers University).
- The Special Stars: How Cheerleading Helped These Girls With Special Needs Shine via Inside Edition.
- Women’s Cheerleading Team Flying High Under the Radar via The Bona Venture.
- George Mason Cheerleader With Down Syndrome Brings Infectious Spirit to Team via WJLA.
- At Wisconsin High School, Accusations of Body Shaming at a Cheerleading Banquet via New York Times.
- Diane Keaton Takes on Retirement Communities and Cheerleading in ‘Poms’ Trailer via the Hollywood Reporter.
- Texas Cheerleader’s Final Moments Before Gas Explosion at House Kills Her Captured on Video via Fox News.
- Beloved Fort Thomas Cheerleader Dies Suddenly via Cincinnati.com.
- Japanese Cheerleaders Share ULM Cheer Experience via The Hawkeye.
- There’s More to Cheerleading Than Meets the Eye via Daily Lobo.
- N.C. A&T Cheerleaders Won’t Return to the Court this Season via News & Record.
- USA Cheer Announces Special Olympic Teams for 2019 via USA Cheer.
- USA Cheer Announces Expansion of Special Ability and Adaptive Ability Teams for 2019 via USA Cheer.
- Two Cheerleading Coaches are Out at N.C. A&T via News & Record.
- Ole Miss’ Cheerleading Coach is Starring in a New Reality Show via Red Cup Rebellion.
January has come and gone, taking along with it one of our favorite events, UCA & UDA College Nationals.
- Black Cheerleaders and A Long History of Protest via AAIHS.
- Ola Student Named Georgia Cheerleader of the Year via Henry County Times.
- Acro-Tumbling Combines Cheerleading, Gymnastics; Helps Put Concordia University on the Map via Fox 6.
- You’ve Seen UK cheerleader’s Mind-Blowing Flips. Here’s His Story and His Dreams for His Team via Kentucky Sports.
- Oral History Collection Champions UK Cheerleading Dynasty via UK Now.
- Rams Male Cheerleaders To Make History With Super Bowl Appearance via CBS.
- Varsity Brands’ Jeff Webb Rebranded Cheerleading With Focus On Athleticism, Entertainment via Investor’s Business Daily.
- Cheerleading Drama ‘Dare Me’ Ordered to Series at USA via Hollywood Reporter.
- Why Is There a War on Cheerleaders? via Townhall.
- USA Cheer announced the National Coed and All Girl, Junior All Girl, Junior Coed, Junior Freestyle Pom, and Junior Hip Hop teams.
October came and went, bringing Fall and Halloween with it. This month I was reminded of cheerleading being used in headlines to catch the attention of readers. People published an article titled Cheerleader’s Alleged Admission that She Didn’t Want to Be Mom Is Admissible in Baby Murder Trial that had nothing to do with cheerleading knowing including cheerleading in the title would increase clicks. The article even starts with “The former cheerleader accused of” and the only other time cheerleading is mentioned is another reference to “the former cheerleader”, unless you count links to other articles related to the same story. It is a reminder of the gap between the attention and respect cheerleading is given.
- The Cheerleading Team is More than Just Pretty Faces via The University Star.
- So, Uh, Why Does the NFL Have Cheerleaders Again? via The Ringer.
- World University Cheerleading Championships Due to Begin in Lodz via Inside the Games
- Michigan Cheerleader Accused of Handing out Pot Brownies as Bribe to Win Homecoming Queen via Fox News.
- Sex on the Sidelines: How the N.F.L. Made a Game of Exploiting Cheerleaders via Vanity Fair.
- USA Cheer Team Meet Our LeBron!! via TMZ.
- Why the NFL Should Get Rid of Cheerleaders via Tampa Bay Times.
- Japan Dominate on World University Cheerleading Championships Day One via Inside the Games.
- Cheerleading Coach Resigns After Taking Squad on Unauthorized Trip via Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- Japan Shine Again at World University Cheerleading Championships via Inside the Games.
- Mother Outraged After Michigan School Administrator Calls Cheerleaders ‘Strippers’ via WPTV.
- Poland’s Łódź Hosts 400 Cheerleaders From 13 Countries via Radio Poland.
- Cheerleading is a Sport via Bobcat Network.
- Portland School Cheerleaders Raise Money for Worthy Causes via Ionia Sentinel-Standard.
- High School Cheerleader Claims Coaches Fat-Shamed Her Over Uniform via News 5.
- Harrison High Administrator Says Cheerleaders Look Like Strippers; Racial Tensions Raised via Royal Oak Tribune.
- College Cheerleader Charged With Choking Teammate Unconscious via New York Post.
- USASF Sanctioned Event & Warm-Up Room Requirements for 2018-19 via USASF.
- $250,000 Scholarship Donation Aids UA Cheerleaders via Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
- Meet the Maine Teen Who Served as Her High School’s Only Cheerleader via Inside Edition.
- Varsity Brands Founder On The Big Business Of Cheerleading via Chief Executive.
- ‘It’s Much Greater Than a Sport’: Behind the Scenes of LSU Cheer via Legacy Magazine.
Daytona is over and Worlds is almost over. Here’s what else happened in April:
- A Short History of the Very Short History of Male NFL Cheerleaders via The Outline.
- No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders via New York Times.
- Sarasota’s Bailey Davis details dark side of NFL cheerleading via Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
- Football fans can no longer ignore the NFL’s despicable treatment of its cheerleaders via NBC News.
- Ex-Dolphins Cheerleader Alleges Religion and Gender Discrimination via ESPN.
- Why It May Be Time To Retire NFL Cheerleader Squads via Forbes.
- Cheerleader Hit in Face by Errant Pass at OU Spring Game Turns Video into Funny Meme via Kansas City Star.
- No Place in the NFL for Cheerleaders in 2018 via USA Today.
- Women in Sports, Like ESPN’s Sarah Spain, Don’t Deserve to be Judged via Herald Times Reporter.
- South Jersey Councilwoman Claims Spot with Philadelphia Eagles via Courier Post.
- Fraternity Helps Teen Live Out Her High School Cheerleading Dream via TCU 360.
- NFL Cheerleaders Will Settle for $1 in Exchange for Meeting with Roger Goodell via ESPN.
- Opinion: Cheerleading is a Sport via The George-Anne.
- Three Reasons Why Cheerleading Should be at the LA Olympics in 2028 via BBC.
- USA Cheer and AACCA Combine Forces, Strengthening Safety for Participants via USA Cheer.
Dear USASF Members:
Thanks to USA Cheer, the USASF was just granted the opportunity to send a team with Exceptional Athletes (formerly called Special Needs) to the International Cheer Union (ICU) World Cheerleading Championship in April of 2018 to represent the National Team for the USA!
In order to meet the timeline of this special invitation, an Exceptional Athletes Sub-Committee met to create an expedited selection process. The committee decided to award this opportunity to a team who already competes and who could adapt a routine to the ICU format and safety guidelines in time for the championship.
Congratulations to Maryland Twisters Eye of the Storm, who will represent The National Team for the USA at the 2018 ICU World Cheerleading Championship!
Moving forward, a process and system will be implemented to include more teams with Special Needs in the selection process. We will likely create a video submission program (similar to the current Worlds bid video program for teams with Exceptional Athletes) where a distinguished panel of judges will select the official team. Be on the look out for the 2019 US National Team information that should be released this Fall.
Qualify To Perform At Worlds, 2018
Teams with Exceptional Athletes still have the opportunity to submit videos to compete for 5 At Large bids to Exhibition at The Cheerleading Worlds, 2018. Don’t forget—videos are due no later than March 1, 2018. Click here to learn more!
Welcome to April. March came and went with USA Cheer Announcing the Junior Coed U. S. National Team and Nfinity introducing “Flyte”, calling it the ultimate stunt shoe. The biggest news of the month will likely turn out to be the Supreme Court ruling on uniforms, as reported by Associated Press, Bloomberg, LexisNexis, National Law Review,
- Garland Cheerleader With Down Syndrome Calls For Fair Shot & Garland Cheerleader Makes the Team; Paves Way for Special Needs Students (WFAA).
- NRL Teams Should Axe the Cheerleaders They Only Pick For Their Looks (The Sydney Morning Herald)
- Cheerleader With Disabilities Recognized During Voorhees High Senior Night (Hunterdon Review)
- How We Look at Cheerleading (Ithica.com)
- MSU Cheerleading Squad a Lifestyle of Athleticism (The State News)
- ISU Cheerleader No Longer Hears Sounds of Silence (WJBC)
- Cheerleading: How Hard Can it Be? (Islington Now)
- Fantastic Five to Represent UK in World Cheerleading Finals (Burnley Express)
- Cowboys Cheerleader Trainer Kitty Carter Dishes Out Criticism for a Living, and She’s Not Sorry (Dallas Observer)
- Adaptive Cheerleading Team Helps Girls With Disabilities Build Confidence (Fox 17)
- Cheerleaders Blaze a Path in Adapted Sports (KARE 11)
- Buffalo Envy Adaptive Cheer Program (WGRZ)
- Cheerleading Team Welcomes First Male Member this Year (The Ithican)
- Once Bullied for Being a Cheerleader, Dartmouth Coach is Aiming High (CBC News)
- ‘No-One Goes to See the Cheerleaders, They Go to See the Game’ – Backlash over Blues Using Dancers for Pre-Match Entertainment (TVNZ)
- 14-Year-Old Straight-A Cheerleader Killed as Log Rolls in Ore. Surf (KOMO)
Eastside Middle School will represent the U.S. in the Inaugural International Cheer Union Junior World Championship
Memphis, Tenn., January 30, 2017 – USA Cheer, the national governing body for cheer in the U.S., has announced that Eastside Middle School from Mt. Washington, Kentucky, will represent the U.S. at the International Cheer Union (ICU) Junior World Championship in the newly developed Junior Elite division, which will take place on April 26, 2017 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida.
The ICU is the international governing body for cheer, and has members from 110 Member Nations. Their World Championship hosts athletes from around the globe. Last year’s World Championship included National Teams from 70 countries in the Elite (ages 14+) and Premier divisions (ages 15+). This year, the ICU has added Junior divisions for athletes aged 12-16.
The Eastside Middle School cheerleading team is coached by Carrie DeBold and Kristal Stillwell, who will also coach the team in preparation for the ICU World Championship. Currently, the team is focused on preparations for the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC). Eastside Middle School took first place in 2016 in the Small Junior High division, and was the Kentucky State Middle School Champions from 2013 to 2017.
“It’s exciting that the ICU is now including junior division in the World Championship. Engaging these younger cheer athletes helps build a solid foundation for future teams,” says Tony Nash, Director of USA Cheer, and Head Coach of the US National All Girl Team. “Eastside Middle School has a track record of success in Kentucky and at the National level. Carrie and Kristal have built a talented team that supports their school and stand as an example for other communities.”
“I am very honored and humbled that my program was selected to represent the U.S. at the ICU World Championship, said Carrie. “We are excited and ready for the challenge to take cheerleading to the next level on the world stage!”
For more information about USA Cheer, please contact Sheila Noone, [email protected]
About USA Cheer
The USA Federation for Sport Cheering is a not-for-profit national governing body for all disciplines of cheerleading (including Traditional Cheerleading, STUNT, and Club Cheer/All Star). USA Cheer has three primary objectives: promote safety and safety education for Cheer in the United States; help grow and develop interest and participation in Cheer throughout the United States; and represent the United States of America in international Cheer competitions.
December, along with 2016, has left us. Here’s the news that ended the year, including the news of the year.
- Everyone reported on Cheerleading being granted provisional Olympic status, including Reuters, Inside the Games, The Courier-Mail, BBC, USA Today, USA Cheer, and USASF.
- The Courier-Mail also published IOC Can’t Be Serious: Cheerleading and Muay Thai in Line to Become Olympic Sports.
- The BBC published Cheerleading is a Sport, Get Over it.
- Newshub published Competitive Cheerleading: We Got it Wrong.
- News Limited published Australian Cheerleading Community Hits Back at Critics Who Say Cheerleading is ‘Not a Sport’.
- People published Now Cheer This! Cheerleading Becomes (Provisional) Olympic Sport and 6 Impressive Cheerleading Routines to Celebrate Its Declaration as a Sport.
- Forbes reported Is Cheerleading A Sport? The IOC Ends The Debate.
- The USASF released the draft version of 2017 Worlds Club Divisions Score System.
- NBC reported Cheerleader Bus Crash in West Texas Kills One; Injures Seven. and USA Today followed up with After Tragic Bus Accident, Cheerleaders From Around Texas Gather to Lend Support.
- The New York Times followed up with Bereaved Texas Town Finds Comfort in a State High School Title Game and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram published Iraan Can’t Claim Title, but Players, Cheerleaders Show True Grit.
- New York Times published Great Moments in Cheerleading: Could the Olympics Be Next?.
- The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Meet the Henry Clay Football Player Who Made the School’s Cheerleading Team and Competitive Cheerleading Championships Draw Passionate Followers.
- The CT Post posted Reports: Cheerleader’s Mom Dies On the Way to Cheerleading Tournament.
- Fox reported Cheerleading Team of Girl Who Drowned Wins National Competition in Florida.
- The Duke Chronicle published Duke Track and Field Sprinter Sydnei Murphy Doubles as Cheerleader in Offseason.
- Reuters also published Cheerleading Boasts Increasing International Appeal.
- Tammy Van Vleet announced Aloha Productions is merging with Varsity Spirit. This includes Aloha Spirit, Golden State Spirit Association and Mid Atlantic Cheer & Dance.
- The Indianapolis Star reported Principal Stunned Over Student’s Racial Slur Toward Colts Cheerleader and the Daily Mail added Outrage at High School Student Who Posed for a Picture with Black Colts Cheerleader then Shared it Online with a Vile Racial Slur.
- Sporting News published Chargers Security Guard Caught Masturbating Near Cheerleaders.
- TWC News posted College Cheerleader, Webster Native Suspended for Election Night Tweets Speaks Out.
- Dallas Morning News reported Mumps Outbreak May be Linked to Cheerleading Contests in Arlington, Frisco, Dallas.