Tigers cheer program heads to championships at Disney World

Mar 8, 2022

The Wareham Tigers Pride competitive cheer team is headed to Florida this weekend to compete at the Quest Recreational Cheer Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney.

The cheerleaders, who range in age from 10 to 18, qualified for the tournament back in December after winning the highest score in their division, explained Damon Solomon, who runs the program.

“It will be the first time that Wareham has ever gone to it, and I think it’s the first time any recreational team in Massachusetts has gone,” Solomon said.

There are two types of cheer competitions: Traditional, which is similar to cheer halftime shows, and performance, which includes “elements of gymnastics, dance, stunting, and acrobatics,” Solomon explained.

Competitions are judged based on the difficulty and execution of the performance, Solomon said.

“The athletes we have are tremendous,” Solomon said. 

Solomon said that one of the best parts of the program is getting to see kids who might have come in feeling shy get on stage and “be a force to be reckoned with.” 

After Quest, the Pride team — and the Spirit team, composed of athletes learning the ropes — will have several more competitions left in the season.