Southern Methodist University will host the 2017 College STUNT National Championship
Bartlett, Tenn., April 24, 2017 – USA Cheer, the governing body for cheer in the U.S., will host their 2017 College STUNT National Championship at Moody Coliseum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas on April 29 and 30. The Division I and Division II Championship games will be shown live on ESPN3 on Sunday, April 30th.
Women’s STUNT, the new varsity sport derived from cheerleading launched by USA Cheer, is in its seventh season at the college level and fourth for high school. College participation has continued to grow over the past seven seasons, and more than 100 high schools from nine states have participated, making STUNT one of the fastest growing female sports in the country.
More than 30 colleges and universities participated in College STUNT this season, and this Championship will see the Final Four in each division compete for the title of STUNT National Champion. Oklahoma State University is the reigning STUNT National Champions in Division I, winning the last three years. Davenport University, of Michigan, has won Division II for the last two years.
The teams competing at this year’s Championship are:
Oklahoma State University – Stillwater, OK
Sacramento State University – Sacramento, CA
Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI
Texas Tech University – Lubbock, TX
Davenport University – Grand Rapids, MI
Alma College – Alma, MI
Oklahoma Baptist University – Shawnee, OK
University of Central Oklahoma – Edmond, OK
“We can’t wait to watch these teams compete in Dallas at STUNT’s seventh National Championship,” says Ronnie Carter, Executive Director of USA Cheer, which developed the format of STUNT in collaboration with cheerleading experts, women’s sports experts and coaches from colleges and universities with long histories of cheerleading excellence. “The coaches and athletes have shown great enthusiasm and remarkable dedication throughout the season for this new sport.”
Developed to meet the requirements of a sport under Title IX, STUNT takes the athletic skills of cheerleading— partner stunts, jumps, tumbling and pyramids —and creates a full, hour long format that challenges teams in head-to-head competition.
About USA Cheer
The USA Federation for Sport Cheering is a not-for-profit organization and is the national governing body for all disciplines of cheerleading. USA Cheer exists to serve the entire cheer community, including club cheering (All Star), traditional school based cheer programs and the new sport of STUNT. USA Cheer has three primary objectives: help grow and develop interest and participation in Cheer throughout the United States; promote safety and safety education for cheer in the United States; and represent the United States of America in international cheer competitions.