Ocean City Today

Over 4,000 cheerleaders to compete in OC this weekend

By Kara Hallissey | Feb 22, 2018

(Feb. 23, 2018) Epic Brand’s Reach the Beach cheerleading national championship for recreation and school participants will take place this weekend, Feb. 23-25, at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street.

“The ultimate goal is to take home the Reach the Beach Nationals jacket,” said Epic Brand’s Director of Guest Relations Season Daugherty. “There are several different states and counties competing to become the national champions of the school divisions as well. Some routines will include a cheer, however other routines will be all music from start to finish.”

The competition has athletes ranging in age from 3-18 years old. The two-day event starts at 8 a.m. each day and finishes up around 9 p.m. All teams will compete both days and performances are 2 minutes and 30 seconds long.

“This event is unique because it brings over 100 different recreational programs together from all different states to compete against each other,” Daugherty said. “These athletes have worked hard all season to compete at Reach the Beach. They are more than just cheerleaders that cheer for different sports, they become true competitors when they walk through the convention center doors.”

More than 4,000 athletes will be competing on 245 teams from all over the East Coast including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Florida, Virginia, New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In addition, more than 6,000 fans are expected to check out the routines this weekend, Daugherty said.

“Divisions 1-4 are offered, as well as junior varsity and varsity divisions for schools,” Daugherty said. “Each division is very deep, making competition tough to take home the national champion title. The best-of-the-best will truly win. U.S. Finals bids will be awarded at this competition.”

All participants will receive an exclusive gift and coaches have the chance to win a Norwegian cruise giveaway and take home a free Reach the Beach tumbler.

Several award ceremonies will take place throughout the weekend and all teams will receive a placement surfboard.

National champions will be given a jacket while solo and small group winners take home a trophy. More than $8,000 is up for grabs for high scorers.

“The event will start Friday night for coaches’ check-in and safety checks,” Daugherty said. “There will be two performance areas at the venue with more teams than ever at Reach the Beach Rec and School. Epic Brands is excited to put on a show for the Town of Ocean City.”

The national cheerleading competition is one of four other Reach the Beach events that take place in Ocean City this year.

A one-day pass costs $22 for adults (ages 13-64) and $15 for children and seniors. To attend both days, admission cost is $37 for adults and $25 for children and seniors. Children 5 and younger will be admitted for free.

“Our athletes, families, and staff truly enjoy being in the beach town and can’t wait to show what they have been working so hard for this competition season,” Daugherty said.

For more information, call 877-322-2310 or visit http://acdaspirit.com/event/rtb-oc-recschool-nationals.

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