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2016-17 Daktronics-NAIA Competitive Cheer & Dance Scholar-Athletes Announced

March 10, 2017
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By Chad Waller, Director of Athletics Communications and Media

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that 60 competitive cheer and 47 dance student-athletes have been named 2016-17 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. For cheerleading, Concordia (Neb.) and Grand View (Iowa) lead all institutions with five individuals. Graceland (Iowa) is tops for dance programs sending seven individuals on the list.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.

To learn more about the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award, click here.

2016-17 Daktronics-NAIA Competitive Cheer Scholar-Athletes – PDF
2016-17 Daktronics-NAIA Competitive Dance Scholar-Athletes - PDF

Competitive Cheer & Dance Student-Athletes:

Beginning with the Fall 2015 term, all first-time NAIA Competitive Cheer and Dance student-athletes will need to have an “Eligible” decision from the NAIA Eligibility Center before participating in competition.

The Eligibility Center is already accepting and completing Early Decisions for qualified students.

Do you need to register at The answer is “yes” if:

• You are currently in high school

• You do not currently attend an NAIA college or university, regardless of participation in Competitive Cheer and Dance

• You attend an NAIA college or university but have NOT previously competed in Competitive Cheer and Dance

• You have previously participated in Competitive Cheer and Dance at an NAIA school but did NOT receive an eligibility certification from your school.