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ESPN3 to Air 2013 Advanced Division Cheer Competition

All Advanced Cheer Competition to be Delivered on December 12

ESPN3_cheerLANGHORNE, Penn.  -- Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., the nation’s largest and oldest youth football, cheer and dance organization, today announced that for the first time, ESPN3 will deliver the Advanced Division of Pop Warner Cheerleading live on Thursday December 12, 2013.

The 26th annual Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Championships will take place December 9-13 at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL in conjunction with the 57th Annual Pop Warner Super Bowl, December 7-14th.

The Pop Warner Cheer & Dance Championships, one of the largest youth cheer and dance competitions in the country, features athletes ages 5-15 from over 400 cheer and dance teams from across the nation.

“We are pleased to work with ESPN3 for this fantastic opportunity to showcase the talent of our amazing young cheer and dance athletes to a wider audience,” said Jon Butler, Pop Warner Executive Director.

“Extending our relationship with Pop Warner to carry the Cheer and Dance Championships on ESPN3 strengthens our commitment to better serving sports fans by delivering the event nationally across computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and Apple TV,” said Jason Bernstein, senior director of programming and acquisitions, ESPN.  
Pop Warner cheer and dance athletes are broken up into six age divisions: Tiny Mite (5-7), Mitey-Mite (7-9), Junior Pee-Wee (8-11), Pee Wee (9-12), Junior Midget (10-13) and Midget (11-15).

Beginning in November, Pop Warner cheer and dance teams compete in their local regions to qualify for the national championships.

ESPN3 will also be providing extensive coverage of the Pop Warner Super Bowl, taking place this year from December 7-14.  This marks the sixth straight year that ESPN3 has broadcast Pop Warner Super Bowl games.

About ESPN3
ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually.  It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and Apple TV.  The network is currently available to more than 85 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.