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2023 Nationals Dates and Locations Announced!

USA Cheer has announced the dates and locations for the 2023 STUNT College National Championships.  The Varsity DI, DII, DIII NCAA divisions and Club programs will share the stage in Texas at the beautiful University of Texas at Dallas campus from April 27th to the 29th. The NAIA divisions will return to Oklahoma City University, home of the first STUNT national championship on April 22nd & 23rd.

Learn more about the 2023 STUNT College National Championships at STUNTtheSport.org

Great Midwest Announces the Addition of STUNT

INDIANAPOLIS —  The Great Midwest Athletic Conference has announced the addition of STUNT as a championship sport for the 2022-2023 season. The inaugural Great Midwest STUNT conference championship will be conducted on March 31-April 1, 2023 and hosted by Ashland University.

STUNT, one of the fastest growing female sports in the country, incorporates the technical and athletic components of cheer, in which teams create short routines to compete against opponents. In a typical STUNT competition, four quarters are played that include partner stunts, pyramids and tosses, jumps & tumbling, and a team routine.

Current Great Midwest members that sponsor the sport of STUNT include Ashland University, Tiffin University, and Ursuline College with Walsh University adding the sport for the 2024 season. Additionally, there is the potential for several additional associate or full members joining for the 2023 or 2024 seasons.

“The Great Midwest is proud to be adding STUNT to the league’s annual championship programming,” said Great Midwest Commissioner Tom Daeger. “The fast-growing sport is another opportunity to provide championship competition for female student-athletes in our conference.”

“Our STUNT coaches and student-athletes are looking forward to having their sport recognized by the conference along with their fellow Great Midwest student-athletes,” added Daeger. “We are thankful for their engagement in this process and pleased to be answering their call.”

In April of 2020, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) recommended the addition of STUNT as an emerging NCAA sport. The CWA reaffirmed that recommendation in February of 2022 as NCAA divisional membership considers it at the 2023 NCAA Convention.

The CWA noted the continued growth in high school STUNT sponsorship and participation, the steady increase in the number of member institutions sponsoring the sport, and the support from USA Cheer in addition to several other items as compelling rationale to include STUNT as an emerging sport for women.

Information on the continued development of STUNT in the Great Midwest can be found on greatmidwestsports.com. Additionally, more information on the sport nationally can be found at stuntthesport.org.

More Programs Joining in 2024!

At least 7 new programs will be starting their inaugural STUNT seasons in 2024!  Dominican, Mercyhurst, Baldwin Wallace, Walsh, George Fox, Heidleberg, and Ottawa (KS) are all currently building their programs and recruiting athletes to join other 54 college programs already playing in the upcoming 2023.  Find out more about STUNT and how to implement a STUNT program at your institution at STUNTtheSport.org

TWU Hires Jasmine Owens as STUNT Head Coach

Jasmine Owens, former STUNT Athlete of the Year, has been hired as the inaugural head coach for Texas Woman’s University, a new NCAA Division 2 Varsity STUNT program.

“I am thrilled to announce Jasmine Owens as the first STUNT Coach at Texas Woman’s,” said TWU’s Athletic Director Sandee Mott. “She is exactly the leader we were looking for to build a nationally competitive team as she has vast experience as both a former student-athlete and coach. Coach Owens is well respected at all levels in the STUNT world and has the credentials to launch our program on a solid foundation. We are so excited to add STUNT and know it will enhance Pioneer Athletics.”

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