Walt Disney World is well-known as the most magical place on Earth. It is also well-known as the place where dreams come true. Disney World is definitely the place where my dream came true.
The most prestigious competition in the all-star cheerleading world is the U.S. All Star Federation Cheerleading Worlds, or more simply, Worlds. The event is held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Walt Disney World every April. Every all-star cheerleader dreams of being able to make it to Worlds to show the world what their team is made of.
The competition is where level 5 and level 6 all-star cheerleading teams from around the world take the mat to compete against the best of the best. Throughout the whole season, these teams prepare themselves to be the absolute best they can be. Teams come together as one and for 2 minutes and 30 seconds leave their hearts on the mat.
I have participated in all-star cheer for 10 years now and have competed at Worlds the last 2 years with Louisiana Spirit RED. Worlds is by far my favorite competition. There are no words to describe the excitement and adrenaline that pump through your veins in the moments before the music starts. Thousands of people from all over the world have their eyes on you.
The feeling of pride and love for your teammates when you realize you HIT your routine is priceless. In that moment none of the struggles or setbacks the team had to overcome throughout the season matter. The only thing that matters is the fact that you never quit, you kept fighting, you trusted each other, and believed in your team.
It wasn’t about winning. It was about every member of the team coming together and putting on a performance we were proud of and we did just that!
What better way to celebrate than going to Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios with some of the best friends you will ever have. We ran through the parks together making unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. It was a time that I wanted to last forever in the happiest place on Earth. A great experience made better by sharing it with the people you love.
Arianna, 14, Louisiana
The Cheerleading Worlds Airdates
The Cheerleading Worlds is scheduled to air on ESPNU at the following dates and times:
June 5, 2016 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
All times Eastern – Please check your local listings