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More than 130 Special Olympics Kentucky cheerleaders representing 14 squads from throughout the state took to the stage at the State Cheerleading Competition on March 22. The event was once again held as part of the Cheersport Grand National event at Alumni Coliseum at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

This year teams competed in six divisions ranging from Beginner to Elite, as well as a Unified division. Several of those divisions produced some outstanding competition.

In the Intermediate Division, the Southeast (Louisville) All-Stars rode the highest-scoring pom-pon routine of the event to a Gold Medal. Their score of 48 in the pom was the entire difference in the event after they, Stewart Home School and the Grant County Jaguars all tied in the cheer.

In the two Advanced Divisions, it was the cheer that made all the difference. In the Advanced 1A Division, the Louisville Llamas scored 42 on their cheer to overcome the lowest pom score in the division -- although by just two points -- and claim Gold over the St. Athanasius Hornets and Meade County Greenwaves. It was the second consecutive Gold Medal for the Llamas. In the Advanced 1B Division, the Christian County Colonels dominated the cheer with a score of 41 to separate themselves from Stewart Home School and Hardin County, all with evenly matched pom routines.

Stewart Home School cheerleaders were excited about the hardware their squads took home.

The Unified Division included two teams from Murray/Calloway County Special Olympics -- a senior team and an elementary school team. The more experienced senior team won out, putting together a strong all-around routine to claim the Unified Gold Medal.

In the Elite Division the Legacy Showcats from Lexington did what they have been doing for years -- put on a great show. Competing unopposed this year, the Showcats still pushed themselves to an excellent score of 96 and a Gold Medal.

The Beginner Division saw a team take home not only the Gold Medal, but also the most coveted award at the event. The West Kentucky Cougars put on a great routine and outpaced defending champion Stewart Home School for the Gold. They were also the winners of the 2014 Spirit Award, which goes to the squad that shows the most enthusiasm and sportsmanship.

Our thanks to Cheersport for continuing to include Special Olympics Kentucky in this tremendous event. Partnering with Cheersport gives our athletes the opportunity to shine in a wonderful competition environment and with the encouragement of their peers on traditional cheerleading squads.

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.

2014 State Cheerleading Competition Champions
Beginner Division - West Kentucky Cougars
Intermediate Division - Southeast All Stars

Advanced 1A Division - Louisville Llamas
Advanced 1B Division - Christian County Colonels
Elite - Legacy Showcats
Unified - Murray/Calloway County Rockets
Spirit Award - West Kentucky Cougars


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