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Davidson Cheer to Compete in National Competition

by | Jan 13, 2022

Some, but not all, of the members of the Davidson Cheer Team. This photo was take at the Wildcats’ Fall Fan Fest at Richardson Stadium.


DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson cheerleading will head south Wednesday to compete at the UCA & UDA Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, hosted at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The competition begins on Friday, Jan. 14 and runs through Jan. 16. 

“We are so excited to be traveling to the Championship,” Head Coach Kaylee Smith said. “The team spends 90 percent of their time training to support other teams on our campus during game days and other events, all while maintaining a rigorous course load at Davidson. This competition is our chance to do something for ourselves.

“They have faced so many challenges during training over the last few weeks with injuries and COVID-19 protocols, and have chosen to rise to the occasion instead of back down in fear. They’ve handled the adversity well and it truly speaks to their character as Davidson Scholar-Athletes.”

The cheer team competed and finished in third place at their first-ever competition last year. They submitted virtual film in the Spirit Rally Preliminary and Final competition and recorded a total 91.7667 points. The Spirit Rally division was the largest competitive division at the 2021 NCA Collegiate Cheer Championship. 

The UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team Championship was the first of its kind in 1980, created to reward cheerleaders for their work on the sidelines and to create a venue in which they could be recognized for their talents and abilities. This championship has been featured on ESPN since 1983 and Varsity Spirit is one of ESPN’s longest-running collaborators. Varsity Spirit partnered with the Walt Disney World® Resort in 1995 and has been creating unforgettable National Championship experiences ever since.

For more information about the Davidson Spirit program and/or are interested in cheering at Davidson, click here. Connect with the Spirit Program on Instagram (@davidsoncollegecheer). 

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