Maine Wins National Cheerleading Title for First Time in 10 Years
The Port City Athletic Crusaders are National Champions!
What do champions do? They go to Disney World! That's exactly what this team is doing. Port City Athletics (South Portland) Crusaders is composed of athletes ranging from ages 12-18 across the state of Maine. For the first time in ten years, the NCA All-Star National Championship title is returning to Maine with Port City Athletics Crusaders, with a score of 97.6542 in the Medium Senior Coed Level 3 Division.
You can thank shows like Netflix's 'Cheer' for a huge rise in cheering popularity. Enrollment in all-star cheerleading is on the rise across Maine. Unlike competitive high school cheerleading, all-star athletes' season lasts for a full calendar year as teams vie for a 'bid' to compete at their respective year-end events. For most Maine programs, the goal is the D2 Summit at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. With the Crusader's win at NCA All-Star Nationals, their score of 97.6542 was one of the highest across their level for the event and they were awarded a paid "bid" / invite to attend the D2 Summit. They are going to Disney World!
Jaiden Male, one of the Port City Crusaders said,
As an athlete of Crusaders, winning NCA was a dream and such an unforgettable experience! Receiving a full-paid bid to the D2 summit along with the national championship title was so surreal. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to attend the D2 summit this year and to represent Port City Athletics! The D2 summit is such a fun experience and I am so excited to take the mat with this talented team and to show the months of hard work that we have put in for this event!
This team is beyond excited! Alliya Pelletier who is on the team, says it's more than a team - it's a family.
After winning NCA All-Star Nationals I realized that I wasn’t just a part of a cheerleading team, I am a part of a family that I never want to leave! I can’t wait to compete with my family again at the D2 Summit Championships in May!
We are all so proud and excited for you. This is the Super Bowl of cheering and we wish the team all the best! Congrats!