6th in the World, from right here in Northern Ohio! The Cheerleading Worlds was held in Orlando, Florida April 21st-24th. This competition started in 2004 and this year there were 540 teams representing 18 different countries. World Elite Crave, coached by Joey Fuentes and Lindsay Price, competed in the International Open Level 6 division. Crave had a rare undefeated regular season, earning various titles such as Jamfest Supernationals Champions and Cheersport Nationals Champion - two of the largest regular season events in the US.
The weekend started with a second-place finish in the USA in Semi-Finals earning them a chance to compete in the finals of the competition. Coach Lindsay Price says “Watching Crave perform in the finals she felt a huge sense of pride in knowing that every athlete was leaving everything they had on the mat and poured their entire soul into the performance.” In finals, while competing against teams from Australia, Canada, Wales, England, Norway, and the United States, they hit the routine of the season and finished 6th in the World! This finish makes them the highest-placing Ohio team in history at The Cheerleading Worlds! Coach Joey Fuentes, who has coached the team every season since its existence, says “Every Crave team has always had high hopes for the competition, they want to advance, be in finals, and place well at the Cheerleading Worlds however, this year was so different. The athletes on Crave wanted to do their personal best. They set goals and never stopped working to achieve them.”
Crave is the highest level of multiple teams in the Full Year Cheer Competitive Program out of World Elite Kids. With teams ranging from age 3 through College, World Elite Cheer has a place for everyone. World Elite Kids is a Children’s Activity Center with locations in Brecksville and Tallmadge, Ohio. They have recreational and competitive programs designed to build confidence, character, connection and skills.