PROVIDENCE, RI – Wrestling and women's volleyball aren't the only Johnson & Wales University teams who are bringing national attention to the school. The Wildcats cheerleading team received a bid to the National Cheerleaders Association championship, April 4-5, in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Johnson & Wales will compete in the NCAA Division III Game Day division, which was added in 2017-18. Teams in the division can utilize up to 30 people and be comprised of cheerleaders, dancers, mascots, drumline or any "spirit" related group.
To compete at nationals, each team must qualify either through a camp or video submission of skills. Bids are awarded based on an evaluation from an NCA instructor who judges on skill level and execution of skills.
The Wildcats will prepare for nationals by fine-tuning their skills with a particular focus on stunting.
JWU will also focus on individual stunts such as pyramids and basket tosses. The team has also been working on their routine for Wildcat Madness on November 2nd as well as preparing for the upcoming basketball season, which kicks off November 14 against Rhode Island College.