I am so excited that my team, the varsity Hopkinton Hiller’s won a bid to Nationals being hosted by Cheersport Cheerleading and Dance competition in Atlanta, Georgia. I actually was at Cheersport last year for my All-star team Cheerfactor and can’t wait to go back. It is an amazing and incredibly exciting event with literally thousands of cheerleaders and spectators attending and this year they are expecting over 900 teams! Cheersport is run with such precision that all the hundreds of team perform on-time with every detail organized and in place. Cheersport also holds one of the quickest awards ceremony I have ever witnessed. Cheer Nation descends on Atlanta, Georgia and we sort of take over the city. Atlanta is the perfect host city with so much to offer. Hundreds of restaurants like The Hard Rock Cafe are there and the hotels really roll out the red carpet. We stayed at one of the Marriotts and the service was first class. Last year while I was walking through the city, I even ran into a film crew on one of the side streets where they were filming the show “The Walking Dead”. I have been on enough sets to recognize the big equipment and know what is going on so I quietly removed myself before I ended up between the camera and actors. The CNN headquarters is also located there and if I have the time this year – I would love to have a tour of it. At the event they offer a lot of gifts and prizes and last year I was able to get a free pair of really cool SOFFE shorts signed by Mr. SOFFE himself. My team is awesome and we are really working hard to perfect our skills. Just like every other team, we are going there for one reason only – to win first place and be awarded the coveted National Championship jackets. The competition is going to be tough, but hopefully our hard work will pay off! I am really looking forward to my trip in February and we are working tremendously hard so that we perform at our peak. Go Lady Hillers!