Cobra Kingdom

World Cheer Elite Cobras, a local recreation team, has been selected to compete at one of the nation’s most prestigious events just for youth and recreation teams, The Quest Recreational Championship, produced by Varsity Spirit.

The Quest, to be held at Walt Disney World Resort’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex March 13 & 14, will be the season-capping goal for many competitive youth and recreation teams.

The inaugural Quest Championship will showcase teams from more than 24 states and will include performances in The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the first facility in the world designed specifically for cheer and dance competitions.

Newport Parks and Recreation’s World Cheer Elite Cobras earned their bid to The Quest at a Varsity Spirit qualifying event earlier this season.

With 40 Varsity Spirit event producers offering youth/rec divisions at over 150 events, teams had several opportunities to compete close to home.

“This is an enormous event and opportunity for these athletes,” said coach Holly Weeks. “I started this program to bring a different level and type of cheerleading that wasn’t available in our area. Helping spread my love for cheer and tumbling, I wanted to give these athletes the chance to represent Cocke County in a big way.

“We are the first and only team from our community to earn a chance to compete at the Quest Cheerleading Championship. We will represent Cocke County well and make them proud.”

Harris said the raising funds to help finance the trip.

“We are a recreational team, so fundraising is a necessity,” she said. “One of the main reasons I started this program to help lower cost of all-star style cheerleading.

“Fundraising helps bring this opportunity to our community and these athletes. We are looking for: business sponsors to add to the back of our team shirts for the event, businesses to donate airbrushed team shirts, and personal sponsors and donations of any amount.”

Thos interested in sponsoring the trip can visit “World Cheer Elite” on Facebook to find our donation page and to message us for more information.

The team will leave March 11 and compete on March 13. The final round will be March 14.

“Creating opportunities for athletes at every level is very important to us,” says Bill Seely, President of Varsity Spirit. “The Quest Recreational Championship gives us the chance to highlight the talent of these young people and celebrate the spirit they bring to their communities.”

Rec cheer and youth organization teams are eligible to compete at The Quest.

Fans at home can watch a livestream of the event on Varsity TV on Varsity.com.