Gimme a Championship

This article originally appeared in the February 2012 issue of MemphiSport. 

More than 400 teams from 32 different states will travel to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando this February and March to compete in the the National High School Cheerleading Championship.

The Championships, hosted by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) draw an estimated 12,000 spectators each year and feature performances by teams at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Comlex, the Indiana Jones Theater and Josten’s Center.

“Our 32nd Anniversary Championship is a testament to the popularity and growth of cheerleading across the U.S.” said Jeff Webb, founder and CEO of Varsity, parent organization of UCA. “We are proud to celebrate this milestone with the more than 8,000 talented cheerleaders representing teams from all over the country. We feel privileged to give these amazing athletes a proper showcase for their talents.”

The competitions will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN in February and March. Check local listings for specific times. Highlights of every team’s routine will also be available on Varsity TV,’s broadband video on demand channel.


A slew of Memphis-area teams and schools
will be competing in the championships:

• Appling Middle School
• Arlington Middle School
• Arlington High School
• Bolton High School
• Bowie High School
• Collierville High School
• Desoto Central High School
• Ellendale Bears Cheer
• Elmore Park Middle School
• Germantown Middle School
• Germantown High School
• Houston Middle School
• Houston High School
• St. Georges School
• St. Benedict High School
• Schilling Farms Middle
• Southaven High School


For more information about the 2012 National High School Cheerleading Championships or cheerleading in general, contact Sheila Noone at 901-251-5959 or via email at

Founded in 1948, Varsity is an institution when it comes to all things cheerleading. Varsity sponsors education camps, clinics and competition as well as uniforms for many squads around the country. Varsity’s online video system provides access to cheerleading video of all kind which has become popular among fans and coaches alike. The company is based in Memphis and employs over 5,000 workers nationally.

Written by Preston McClellan, Photos courtesy of Varsity

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