BRISTOL, Tenn. – After two years of being off the mat, King University Cheer will step on a spring floor in Atlanta, Ga. to compete at Cheersport Nationals this weekend. The competition will be held in the Georgia World Congress Center on Saturday Feb. 16 and Sunday Feb. 17. Teams from all over the nation will represent their schools with names including those of top and most-recognizable stature.
Cheersport is one of the biggest and most well-known stages for cheerleading competitions consisting of high-school, college, all-star, club, international and special needs teams. The Lady Tornado will be competing in the College Level-4 division both days against East Tennessee State University, Polk State College, UNC Chapel Hill, Widener University, University of Georgia, Savanna State University, and Brenau College.
Each team will bring a routine that last no longer than 2:30 seconds comprising of pyramids, tosses, tumbling, jumps, dance, transitions, and partner stunts. King University Cheer has been working on their routine since October and feels well prepared.
"The girls have been strength training, doing individual practices, and team practices five days a week while cheering basketball games," said Coach Amber King. "It's been a long, tiring road but now that we are within a few days of the competition everything is finally coming together and we can see the final product. We are ready to perform our routine and are just happy to be going."
The squad has improved drastically this year in all of their skills and will have some tough competition this weekend. Coach King said that the goal is, "to do our very best on the floor and represent our University with humble attitudes".
Coach King continued, "It's always hard to know what the judges look for and what styles they like, but at the end of the day it's about the progress that we have made as team more so than what size trophy we come back with."
The Tornado will compete Saturday at 11:48 a.m. in Arena B5 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Sunday they finish out their weekend competing at 12:20 p.m. in Arena B5 and awards will be held at 1:40 p.m. Scores will posted Saturday evening after the first round and can be found at http://www.cheersport.net/nationals.asp?content=results. Cheersport will also be updating their Facebook page regularly.
Click here for the official homepage of the 2013 Cheersport National Championships.
King University Cheerleading will also be competing at CANAM Nationals in Myrtle Beach, SC March 15-17th.
"We have some very talented girls this year and I am excited to watch them take the floor and represent King University," said Coach King.