The 2015-16 Nassau Community College Cheerleading team won the national championship at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, which took place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Center in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, January 16. The team took first place in the 11-team Open All Girl Division with a two minute, thirty second routine based on their performance, execution, difficulty and skill level.
“I join with the entire community in exclaiming our pride for the accomplishment achieved by our cheerleaders,” said Dr. Thomas Dolan, Interim President of Nassau Community College. “They represent the best our students can offer and deserve our acclaim and appreciation.”
According to Assistant Coach Linda Leonardo, “The team really pushed through a difficult season together. They worked hard and absolutely deserve this honor.” She related that team members took part in two practices per day and performed at high school exhibitions to prepare for the UCA competition.
“We are honored to represent our school and we appreciate the support and guidance of our coaches and cheerleading alumni, who were always there for us,” said team captain, Dora Panagos. Twenty members of Nassau Community College’s cheerleading team competed at the event.
An additional performance by four members of the NCC cheerleading team placed in the top ten in the All Girl Partner Stunt Championship. This was the first time the College ever competed in that competition.
In addition to the national competition, the UCA holds over 50 cheerleading competitions throughout the country.