Marshall to host WV high school cheerleading championship
HUNTINGTON - Marshall University will be hosting the 2019 High School State Cheerleading Championships on Dec. 14, 2019, and for the next four years in Cam Henderson Center, the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission announced Tuesday.
The event was held in the Charleston Civic Center for many years.
“The ability to get so many young people onto our campus, with the possibility that they could one day be students here, is a big win for Marshall University and the city of Huntington,” Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick said in a release from the SSAC. “Getting this event for the next four years at Marshall makes a statement about the direction of our university.”
WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan said all state championship venues are put out for bid every four years. Dolan thanked the Charleston Civic Center staff and the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau for their support and assistance with the event.
“We are excited about this new partnership and look forward to working with Marshall University and the city of Huntington as we begin planning for the 2019 championships,” Dolan said.
Tyson Compton, president of the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau said his group was chosen in partnership with Marshall to host the cheerleading championships. Compton said the CVB is anxious to welcome the young athletes and visitors to the city.
The CBV, Marshall and Huntington stand ready to ensure their guests have a great experience and feel welcome and wanted during their time here, Compton said.
WVSSAC cheerleading championships are conducted annually and showcase regional winners and runners-ups in each classification. Squads compete in technical routines as well as open routines to determine the overall champions.
The 2018 state champions were Wheeling Park in Class AAA, Winfield in Class AA and Tug Valley in Class A.