The San Jose State University cheerleading squad will be competing for the first of two national championships in 2018 when the Spartans debut at the Universal Cheerleaders Association's (UCA) national championships, Saturday, January 13, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
San Jose State is one of 16 teams entered in the "Small Coed Division I" category. "Small Coed" refers to teams competing with four or fewer males.
Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), Arkansas State, Ball State, Bowling Green, BYU, Grand Canyon, Hofstra, Memphis, Purdue, San Diego State, Southwestern Louisiana, Syracuse, Tennessee-Martin, Villanova, and Western Michigan are joining the Spartans in the semifinal round. The top eight teams advance to the championship final.
"This team has worked so hard this season to bump up its timeline to this earlier competition. Everything that we do at home games prepares us to do well at the UCA College National Championship," said San Jose State cheerleading coach Kelvin Lam. "Our focus now is to make sure we represent San Jose State as best we can on the national stage. We want the rest of the country to know our name and `Hail to the Spartans!'"
The semifinal round begins at 11:45 a.m. (EST). The Spartans are scheduled to perform at 1:44 p.m. (EST)/10:44 a.m. (PST). Finals begin at 4:15 p.m. (EST)/1:15 p.m. (PST).
The championships will be streamed live on TVVarsity.com and be available on ROKU and Apple TV 4.
"This is a new dynamic for us and we are enjoying every minute of it," says San Jose State cheer coach Kelvin Lam. "The team wants to thank our donors who helped make this trip to Orlando, Florida and compete for a national championship possible."
At the end of February, the Spartans will compete in the United Spirit Association (USA) championships at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Spartans won the USA championship in the Small Coed Cheer category for four-year schools in 2014 and 2015 and finished second in each of the last two years.