Kentucky State Cheerleading earns bid to National Championships

Posted at 6:47 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 18:47:22-04

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Kentucky State University cheerleading program attended the National Cheerleaders Association cheer camp recently, and came back with some hardware for their efforts.

The cheerleading program earned a bronze bid to the National Championship, which will be held on April 8- 12, 2020 in Daytona, FL., four spirit sticks, two Superior Ribbons and one Excellent Ribbon.

"This opportunity was a great experience for Kentucky State cheerleaders," said Kentucky State University head coach Timothy Queen []. "We learned a lot and we were able to adapt to adversity and overcome obstacles with this newly formed team. We are looking forward to returning next year."

Excellence wasn't just reserved for the team as Christian White [], Elaina Thompson [], and Aaron Odneal [] received an invitation to become instructors and will start next summer.

Kentucky State competed with other HBCU's and brought back a lot of new material to campus.

"NCA camp was an amazing experience that I think every cheerleader should have," said Kentucky State seniorJameia Carr []. "From starting my collegiate cheering career in 2016 to seeing the progression of this program now is amazing .This was my first time going to this camp, but more importantly, this is the first time Kentucky State attended the NCA camp. On top of that, we also had a blast. It was a great time where we bonded as a team and I'd love to see the program go back next year."

In addition to competition, the cheerleading program learned creative and innovative material including effective crowd leading and elite skills classes.