It’s hard to think about anything in the cheerleading world right now except for this weekend’s competition. The 2011 UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship was thrilling and emotional, and it ended with one big surprise at the end of Sunday night. For the first time since 1984, the University of Alabama took home the national championship. Led by coach David McDowell, the Crimson Tide just barely beat of the University of Kentucky in what was probably the closest finish in recent history.
Watch the competition on Varsity TV here:
But to quote another great coach at the event, Denise Dicharry Galjour, the coach of the LSU Tiger Girls, “Being a champion is something we earn on a daily basis, never defined in one day.”
The University of Alabama cheerleaders will never be completely defined by what they did this weekend. Of course, they’ll never forget it, but they’ll also never forget cheering football and basketball games, pep rallies, and alumni events. So to put this into perspective, I’ve posted a video of Ryan Martin, University of Alabama cheerleader and 2011 National Champion (and America Needs Cheerleaders blogger), on an typical game day, being a champion for her school.