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Squads Hit the Mat in Louisville on Feb. 27
The West Kentucky Cougars show off their Beginner Division Silver Medals.

Special Olympics cheerleaders from across the state once again have their sites set on winning state championships on the big stage of the State Cheerleading Competition. This year's State Competition will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Fern Creek High School in Louisville. The Special Olympics event will be part of the St. Athanasius Cheer Competition that day.

The State Competition returns to Louisville after several years in Central Kentucky when it was held as part of a Cheersport event. The State Cheerleading Competition has been held in conjunction with a larger cheerleading event since it was separated from the State Basketball Tournament weekend. The move gives our cheerleaders the opportunity to compete in a large event environment like their peers who do not have disabilities. And for the squads associated with a basketball program, it gives them the opportunity to cheer at the State Basketball Tournament as well. St. Athanasius was one of the early hosts of the State Competition and has hosted regional competitions as well.

For more information about the Special Olympics Kentucky State Cheerleading Competition or our cheerleading program, please contact Kim Satterwhite, VP of Programs, at 502-695-8222 or ksatterwhite@soky.org.

After a year where winter weather wreaked havoc on Special Olympics Kentucky's regional cheerleading competition schedule, 14 squads were able to make the journey to Lexington on Feb. 28 for the 2015 State Cheerleading Competition. The event, held once again in conjunction with the Cheersport Lexington Grand National Competition, saw squads compete in five divisions from beginner to elite.

The partnership with Cheersport allows SOKY's cheerleaders to compete in the highest quality competitive environment possible, so there was already a buzz in the Lexington Convention Center when our squads took to the stage to open the event.

The Beginner Division got things off to a rousing start as the Meade County Greenwaves edged the defending champion West Kentucky Cougars but just 28 points after scoring 1,452 with their routine.

Stewart Home School claimed the Intermediate Division Gold Medal with a score of 1,424 points.

The Louisville Llamas wrap up another
Gold Medal-winning performance.

The Southeast All Stars, who moved up to the Advanced level after winning Gold in the Intermediate Division a year ago, almost won a championship in their higher division, but where narrowly defeated in an incredibly close competition. The Louisville Llamas were able to defend their Advanced 1A Division title with just a 22-point margin over the All Stars.

The Mead County Greenwaves Advanced squad practically ran away with their division, comparatively. The Greenwaves won the Advanced 1B Division by a full 40 points -- the largest margin of victory in any division in 2015.

In the Elite Division, the Legacy Showcats continued their dominance, claiming the Gold Medal with a score of 1,512 points. The only time a team other than the Showcats have won the Elite Division is when the Showcats weren't able to attend the State Championship.

The Murray/Calloway County Rockets also defended their title in the Unified Division (pairing traditional Special Olympics cheerleaders with cheerleaders who do not have disabilities). The Rockets scored 1,478 points to win the division by 50 points. The Gateway Eagles claimed the Silver Medal, edging the Murray Little Rockets (a younger squad from Murray) by just eight points.

The coveted Spirit Award -- a traveling megaphone that goes to the squad that shows the most spirit and sportsmanship at the competition -- went to St. Athanasius of Louisville. St. A's was the Silver Medalist in the Intermediate Division.

2015 State Cheerleading Competition Champions
Beginner Division - Meade County Greenwaves
Intermediate Division - Stewart Home School Panthers

Advanced 1A Division - Louisville Llamas
Advanced 1B Division - Meade County Greenwaves
Elite - Legacy Showcats
Unified - Murray/Calloway County Rockets
Spirit Award - St. Athanasius


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