The Spirit of Hope National Championship Keeps Hope’s Story Alive
The Spirit of Hope National Championship is held in Charlotte, NC each year and was named after Hope Stout over 15 years ago as a way to honor her spirit and support her foundation, The March Forth With Hope Foundation. The event is organized by University Spirit and Varsity All Star and hosted at the Charlotte Convention Center in Uptown Charlotte. Thousands of cheerleading teams from across the country compete in over 100 divisions to be crowned Spirit of Hope National Champions.
From the event organizers:
“Spirit of Hope National Championship is more than an amazing event, it is a way for cheerleaders to get involved in a wonderful cause.
Spirit of Hope is named after a young girl, Hope Stout. As a 12-year-old, she was diagnosed with a rare form of osteosarcoma. When given the opportunity to have almost any wish fulfilled by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hope’s wish was that the other 155 Wish kids would be granted their wishes.
The Spirit of Hope is about sharing her selflessness, putting others first, having an attitude of gratitude.”
Stuart and Shelby Stout attend the event each year to greet all of the kids and parents and share Hope’s story. They also set up a booth to give out Hope bands, signed copies of their book, “Hope’s Wish”, and talk about the Foundation. The Spirit of Hope is the largest annual fundraiser for The March Forth With Hope Foundation.
To learn more about the competition, visit the Varsity All Star website.