Savannah State becomes first HBCU to win National Cheerleading Award

Savannah State made history at the CheerSport Nationals in Atlanta, taking home first place--the first HBCU to win that honor.

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On Sunday, Savannah State made history at the CheerSport Nationals in Atlanta. The squad, made up of twelve girls and one guy, took home first place from the nationals, making them the first HBCU to win that honor.

“We are very excited, ecstatic, just a feeling that you can’t explain,” senior cheerleader Morgan Moore told Savannah’s WJCL. “It’s indescribable, it’s just a great feeling to know that we’ve made history at our school.”

The team is incredibly excited by the win, and Dathan Gooden, the only male on the team, said that it didn’t hit them until after they won that they had made history.

“We didn’t know about it until like the last minute and thought about it when they were presenting the award, “ Gooden said. “And we were just like, oh, we are really, the first HBCU to win this, so we were very, very proud of that.”

The team said that they were more focused on the fact that no one had ever seen them compete at that level. This is their first appearance at the competition since 2013, so the win was even more exciting.

Congratulations to the Savannah State team!