Junior Legendary Athletics Team will Represent the United States at the International Cheer Union World Championships
Bartlett, Tenn., February 21, 2017 – USA Cheer, the national governing body for cheer in the U.S., has announced that the Junior Legendary Athletics team from Longwood, Florida, will represent the U.S. at the International Cheer Union (ICU) Junior World Championship in the newly developed Junior Hip Hop division, which will take place on April 26, 2017 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida.
The ICU is the international governing body for cheer, and has members from 110 Member Nations. Their World Championship hosts athletes from around the globe. Last year’s World Championship included National Teams from 70 countries in the Elite (ages 14+) and Premier divisions (ages 15+). This year, the ICU has added Junior divisions for athletes aged 12-16.
Legendary Athletics, Dana Evancoe, Ray and Joan Gnat, has finished in the Top 5 at the USASF Dance Worlds five times, and were World Champions in 2015 and 2016, and have nabbed five titles at The Summit. They are currently preparing for the 2017 USASF Dance Worlds immediately following the ICU World Championships in April, and for The Summit in May.
“Dana and Legendary Athletics has built one of the most successful programs out there, and I believe it’s because of their leadership, work ethic, and passion for what they do and each other that sets them apart,” says Stacy Shelton, Director of Performance Cheer for the U.S. National teams. “I could not be more excited to have them represent the inaugural junior division in Hip Hop. I know that this will lay a foundation for success for our future teams.”
“We are so honored to represent the United States as the 2017 Junior Hip Hop National Team. Some of the athletes on this team have been training for an opportunity like this for 10 years, and words cannot express the feelings and emotions we will have when they step out on that stage,” says Dana Evancoe, Head Coach of Junior Legendary Athletics Team. “We will treasure this experience for a lifetime!”
About USA Cheer
The USA Federation for Sport Cheering is a not-for-profit national governing body for all disciplines of cheerleading (including Traditional Cheerleading, STUNT, and Club Cheer/All Star). USA Cheer has three primary objectives: promote safety and safety education for Cheer in the United States; help grow and develop interest and participation in Cheer throughout the United States; and represent the United States of America in international Cheer competitions.