CHEERSPORT National Championships Attract More Than 1,100 Teams To 20th Annual Event

Feb 15, 2016, 13:11 ET from Varsity Spirit

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This year's CHEERSPORT National Championships, a Varsity Spirit event, recently hosted more than 23,000 of the country's top cheerleaders and dancers. The competition took place Feb. 12 – 14 at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center. This year's number of participating athletes increased by nearly ten percent and kicked off with a team up for St. Jude Spirited by Varsity event – an exciting exhibition from World's Level 5 divisions that raised more than $40,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®.

These teams have spent many months training, and their hours of diligence and preparation were highlighted on the famous competition floor. Now in its 20th year, the two-day events hosted more than 23,000 cheerleaders and dancers from over 1,100 teams. Cheerleading teams are judged on their stunting and tumbling skills, crowd-leading abilities and overall performance, while the dance competition is judged on choreography, technique, execution and overall effect.

"We're honored to host this event, which allows talented cheerleaders and dancers from across the country an opportunity to demonstrate their hard work and dedication," said Jeff Fowlkes, President of CHEERSPORT, one of the Varsity Spirit brands. "We are enormously proud that these talented athletes helped us to raise more than $40,000 for St. Jude, whose work is very important to us."

Level 5 Small Division Winners included:

Level 5 Small Senior Division A (12 – 18 years old/no males/5-20 members) Twister All Stars Twisters Gold
Level 5 Small Senior Division B (12 – 18 years old/no males/5-20 members) The Stingray All Stars Marietta Apple
Level 5 Small Coed Division A (12 – 18 years old/1-4 males/5-20 members) Brandon All-Stars Senior Black
Level 5 Small Coed Division B (12 – 18 years old/1-4 males/5-20 members) GymTyme All Stars Platinum
Level 5 International Open Small Coed (14 years and older/1-4 males/5-24 members) Spirit of Texas Remix

Level 5 Medium Division Winners included:

Level 5 Medium Senior (12 – 18 years old/no males/21-30 members) The Stingray All Stars Marietta Peach
Level 5 Medium Coed (12 – 18 years old/1-8 males/5-30 members) Spirit of Texas Royalty
Level 5 Medium International Open (14 years and older/no males/5-24 members) World Cup Starstruck

Level 5 Large Division Winners included:

Level 5 Large Senior (12 – 18 years old/no males/31-36 members) The Stingray All Stars Marietta Orange
Level 5 Large Senior Coed (12 – 18 years old/5-12 males/5-36 members) The Stingray All Stars Steel
Level 5 International Open Large Coed (14 years and older/5-124 males/5-24 members) Top Gun All Stars 005

CHEERSPORT is dedicated to the safe and responsible practice of cheerleading and dance, and All Star teams participating in the championships comply with the U.S. All Star Federation (USASF) safety guidelines.

About Varsity Spirit
Memphis-based Varsity Spirit has been a driving force behind cheerleading's dynamic transformation into the high-energy, athletic activity it is today, and the leading global source for all things cheerleading and dance. A division of Varsity Brands, Varsity Spirit is a leader in uniform innovation and educational camps, clinics and competitions, impacting nearly a million athletes each year. Focused on safety, entertainment and traditional school leadership, Varsity Spirit's 1,200 employees have been helping raise cheerleading's influence and profile since 1974. For more information about Varsity Spirit or Varsity Brands, please visit www.varsity.com or www.varsitybrands.com.

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