The Louisville Llamas show off their Advanced division championship trophy.
Fifteen Special Olympics cheerleading squads took to the mats at Fern Creek High School on Saturday, Feb. 27, when the Special Olympics State Cheerleading Competition was held in conjunction with the St. Athanasius Cheerleading Competition. The event continued a history of the State Competition being held as part of a larger event that included squads who do not have disabilities, so that our cheerleaders can enjoy the same kind of competitive environment and display their talents in front of a larger audience.
St. Athanasius is a longtime support of Special Olympics cheerleading, this year's State Competition marked a homecoming of sorts, as St. A's was one of the first mainstream cheerleading competitions to help host our event.
St. Athanasius is more than just a host for the event. They also participate, and this year their Hornets squad claimed the gold medal in the competition's Elite division with a score of 350.8 points.
The Meade County Greenwaves successfully defended their Beginner division title from 2015. The Greenwaves posted a score of 356.0, winning the division by 23 points. The Stewart Home School Panthers took the silver and the STRIDE Cardinals took home the bronze.
In the Intermediate division it was the Stewart Home School intermediate team hanging onto their 2015 crown. Stewart Home posted a score of 224.3 to win their gold medal.
The Advanced division also saw a repeat champion in 2016. The Louisville Llamas' routine scored 354 points, holding off the Southeast All-Stars who took the silver medal. The Meade County Greenwaves advanced team, which won a title in a split Advanced division a year ago, took home the bronze.
The Murray/Calloway County Rockets made it a nearly clean sweep for defending champions in 2016. The Rockets finished just 15 points clear of the Gateway Eagles, who won the silver medal. The Murray Little Rockets -- the one youth team in the competition -- won the bronze medal, finishing just nine points behind Gateway.
Murray Little Rockets performance:
St. Athanasius claimed double the hardware at the event with their team also claiming the coveted Spirit Award for the second year in a row.
Our thanks to St. Athanasius for hosting our event this year and for their continued support of our athletes. We would also like to thank everyone who helped make the State Cheerleading Competition possible.
For more information about the Special Olympics Kentucky State Cheerleading Competition or our cheerleading program, please contact Kim Satterwhite, Director of FIeld and Athlete Services, at 502-695-8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 State Cheerleading Competition Champions
Beginner Division - Meade County Greenwaves
Intermediate Division - Stewart Home School Panthers
Advanced 1A Division - Louisville Llamas
Elite - St. Athanasius Hornets
Unified - Murray/Calloway County Rockets
Spirit Award - St. Athanasius