Davenport University to Add STUNT Team for 2014-15 Season

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USA Cheer has announced that Davenport University will field a STUNT team for the 2014-15 season.

USA Cheer has announced that Davenport University will field a STUNT team for the 2014-15 season. Davenport, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, tested the new sport discipline last year, and has now officially added it for the upcoming season.

Created by USA Cheer to be an additional sport option for female athletes, STUNT was derived from traditional cheerleading and developed to fulfill all NCAA emerging sport requirements, and has consistently met all minimum requirements for consideration.

STUNT removes the crowd-leading of traditional cheerleading and focuses on the technical and athletic components, which include partner stunts, pyramids, basket tosses, jumps and tumbling skills.

Davenport University participated in the 2013-14 season as an exhibition team, and competed at the 4th Annual National STUNT Championship in Oklahoma City this past spring. Davenport’s athletics department follows the guidelines of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

“I’m proud that Davenport is at the forefront of this emerging sport,” says Paul Lowden, Athletic Director for Davenport University. “STUNT offers a challenging and exciting sport for our female athletes and we are looking forward to seeing what our team can accomplish with the full support of our athletic department.”

“We are excited to have Davenport University on board as we continue to grow STUNT,” says Bill Seely, President of USA Cheer. “We look forward to tracking their progress, and working with them to raise awareness about this new female sport.”

For more information, contact Sheila Noone, media(at)usacheer(dot)net or 901-251-5959.

About USA Cheer
The USA Federation for Sport Cheering is a not-for profit organization and is the national governing body for all disciplines of cheerleading. USA Cheer exists to serve the entire cheer community, including club cheering (All Star), traditional school based cheer programs and the new sport of STUNT. USA Cheer has three primary objectives: help grow and develop interest and participation in Cheer throughout the United States; promote safety and safety education for cheer in the United States; and represent the United States of America in international cheer competitions.

About the STUNT format
Each STUNT game will comprise four quarters in the following categories: Partner Stunts, Group Jumps and Tumbling, Pyramids and Tosses, and Team Performance. Within each quarter, teams will perform skill sequences of varying levels of difficulty, technical execution and synchronization. Anyone who follows sports will be able to follow Stunt. Teams compete simultaneously, and the head-to-head format simplifies the scoring process, allowing fans to track the results of the competition as each round is completed. Because of the new format, teams will have records and national rankings, which will determine their post season play, much like other sports. In addition, post season play can be tracked by the fans, much like “March Madness.” For more information on STUNT, visit http://usacheer.net.

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