The Spirit Leader Award

Congratulations to the 2015 Winners:
Iowa City West High School Poms

The American School Spirit Awards, the premier award for cheerleading and dance teams, has officially joined the Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards family as The Spirit Leader Awards. The Spirit Leader Awards will honor one cheer team and one dance team with an ongoing commitment to community service, outstanding school athletic support, creative spirit raising activities and strong academics.

The overall winning teams will receive a trip to the 2017 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship or 2017 UDA National Dance Team Championship for 2 coaches and 4 captains/squad members along with:

A feature spot on ESPN

Awards for spring banquet

A feature spot on Varsity.com & Varsity.tv

Gift certificate for Varsity Spirit summer camp

A feature in American Cheerleader Magazine

Entry must include:

One 700-word essay, divided as follows:

Team mission statement (a brief description of team goals, objectives and activities) – 100 words

Description of team’s community service projects and initiatives, and the impact they’ve had on the community – 250 words

Description of team’s most successful spirit raising activities and the impact they’ve had on the school – 250 words

Description of team’s commitment to academic excellence and the measures taken to reach team academic standards – 100 words


Two letters of recommendation

Principal or Athletic Director

Community Leader

Optional: Three links to press clippings or video footage of the team

Submissions for this award will open on November 28 and close December 9. Teams can learn more and submit their application at www.varsitybrands.com/awards

Last Year's Winner