Two Safety Organizations Partner to Educate Athletes, Coaches and Public, Provide Training and Serve Cheer Community

Bartlett, Tenn., April 18, 2018 – USA Cheer has announced that the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA) will now operate under the USA Cheer umbrella.

USA Cheer, the governing body of cheer in the United States, was founded in 2008 to serve all aspects of cheer in America – traditional, all-star and the emerging sport of STUNT.  As part of its mission to promote safety and education, USA Cheer has been a frequent partner with AACCA over the last 10 years.

AACCA was founded in 1987 to address the safety concerns of the rapidly evolving cheerleading community, and has been instrumental in the development of cheerleading safety regulations, coaches’ education and risk management. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), has included the AACCA Cheerleading Course in its NFHS Learning Center since 2009, and will continue to administer the course to coaches. Later this year, USA Cheer will publish the fourth edition of the Cheerleading Safety Manual formerly published by AACCA.

“Safety education across the U.S. is one of our primary objectives and at the heart of USA Cheer’s mission. Combining our experience and expertise will further safety education in a more comprehensive format,” says Lauri Harris, Executive Director of USA Cheer. “We will be working together over the next few months to create a seamless transition for all of AACCA’s current credentialed coaches while increasing our future safety resources.”

AACCA’s Executive Director Jim Lord, agrees, “I am excited to be even more involved in cheerleading’s future, where we expect to see growth across all disciplines of cheer – school, all star and STUNT – the new sport that is finding a home at so many colleges and high schools across the country. This is an exciting time to be working in the cheer community, and I look forward to the partnerships we are forming to benefit the health and opportunities of the athletes we serve.”

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About USA Cheer
The USA Federation for Sport Cheering is a nonprofit 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, 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.