Staff Photo by Laura-Chase McGehee/Chattanooga Times Free Press/ Jan 15, 2011 - Head Coach Darrion Walker, right, runs the Memphis Pride All Star Cheer team through their competition piece in the mezzanine of the Chattanooga Convention Center on Saturday. The annual Athletic National Championship cheer and dance competition was held at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Saturday and continues through Sunday.
There will be a lot of spirit in Chattanooga this weekend when more than 14,000 competitors and spectators come to town for the Athletic Championships' two-day national cheer and dance competition at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
The event will feature more than 4,000 competitors, ages 3 to 18, on 208 teams from across the country.
"It's exciting to host such a professionally run organization like the Athletic Championships in Chattanooga. They bring in a high quality of young people who get out and have fun at our attractions, restaurants and shopping venues," said Bob Doak, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We're expecting nearly 14,000 people, who will leave an estimated economic impact of $5.04 million in our community."
The organization has hosted the event in Chattanooga since 2001. The impact it makes on the area is widespread.
"When you see them throughout Chattanooga, be sure to welcome them to our city," Doak said.
Athletic Championships also is a philanthropical organization. Last season, it started Cheer for Wishes, events where the organization helped raise more than $25,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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IF YOU GO
* What: Athletic Championships' cheer and dance competition.
* When: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
* Where: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza.
* Admission: $25 two-day adult pass; $20 for children; $15 and $10 one-day pass.
* Website: www.athleticchampionships.com.
Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...