LANGHORNE, PA and ORLANDO, FL (November 29, 2021) – Pop Warner Little Scholars, the nation's oldest and most prominent youth football, cheer and dance organization, kicks off its 64th Pop Warner Super Bowl and 34th National Cheer & Dance Championship in a new Orlando home starting December 4.
Earlier this year, Pop Warner announced a multi-year deal with Florida Citrus Sports (FCS) in which Universal Orlando Resort became the host of the organization's historic championship week after 25 years at Walt Disney World. Under the new agreement, the 60,000-seat Camping World Stadium, host to the NFL Pro Bowl and college football's Vrbo Citrus Bowl and Cheez-It Bowl, is the new feature field for the 60+ football teams competing at the Pop Warner Super Bowl. Additional games and practices will take place on fields on the expanded stadium campus in Orlando. Pop Warner cheer and dance squads will compete in a world-class venue at Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).
The Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer & Dance Championships combine to draw 10,000 Pop Warner student-athletes and their families from around the country each year. This year, Pop Warner athletes and families will get to experience world-class attractions as part of Universal Orlando's award-winning theme parks and destination-wide amenities.
"This is always one of the most exciting weeks of the year for the Pop Warner community as thousands of student-athletes and families gather in Orlando to compete for a national title and have a great time," said Pop Warner Little Scholars executive director Jon Butler. "Adding to the excitement this year is the return to a full event and being welcomed to our new home by our amazing partners at Florida Citrus Sports and Universal Orlando Resort. This is going to be an amazing week."
Pop Warner and FCS are building off of last year's COVID-modified event, adding next-level experiences like meet-and-greets with beloved Universal characters, Universal-themed décor, music and more. Other enhancements to Pop Warner's championship week include:
- Premier Attractions: Admission to all three Universal Orlando theme parks, including Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Volcano Bay and Universal's Islands of Adventure – named the #1 Amusement Park in the World for five years in a row by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice – and home to some of the most thrilling and extreme coasters ever created.
- Exclusive Party: Private, after-hours event inside Universal Studios Florida theme park exclusively for Pop Warner athletes and their families.
"We are very excited to bring our National Cheer and Dance Championship week to the next level with Universal Orlando and Orange County Convention Center, and can't wait for all our athletes and their families to experience this incredible event," said Lisa Moroski, Pop Warner's National Cheer & Dance Commissioner. "Florida Citrus Sports is committed to ensuring our athletes compete and celebrate at the highest level, and we are thrilled to be working with them."
"Our team is committed to delivering a first-class experience to Pop Warner participants and their families," Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan said. "We are excited to be working with Universal Orlando Resort to bring Pop Warner's vision to life, and we cannot wait for this year's festivities to kick off."
About Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.
Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Langhorne, PA, Pop Warner Little Scholars is the nation's oldest youth football, cheerleading and dance organization and the only youth sports organization that emphasizes academics as a prerequisite for participation. Pop Warner participants enjoy the opportunity to learn and compete in their sports in an atmosphere that emphasizes fun, safety, academics and character. For more information on Pop Warner and its programs visit popwarner.com or follow Pop Warner on Twitter @Pop_Warner, Facebook @PopWarnerLittleScholars, Instagram @popwarnerlittlescholars and Snap @popwarner1929.
About Universal Orlando Resort
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For more than 30 years, Universal Orlando has immersed guests in amazing "woah" moments that free them from the stress of their worlds. Across the award-winning destination, they can let go and live in the moment with those they care about most as they embark on incredible theme park adventures, like causing mischief with the Minions from Illumination's "Despicable Me," coming face-to-face with ferocious dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, walking the corridors of Hogwarts castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and so much more.
Universal Orlando is home to three epic theme parks that feature some of the world's most exciting and innovative experiences, including Universal's Islands of Adventure – named the #1 Amusement Park in the World for five years in a row by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice; Universal Studios Florida – home to the most technologically-advanced stunt show yet, The Bourne Stuntacular; and Universal's Volcano Bay - a tropical oasis like no other that features an actual beach right in the middle of Orlando.