NEWARK, Del.   -- The University of Delaware cheerleaders, dance team, and beloved mascot YoUDee will be featured in a national spirit championships send-off event to be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Gym 1 in the Carpenter Sports Building.

Admission is free. The doors of the Carpenter Sports Building will open at 5:30 p.m.

The teams are training to compete in the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) and Universal Dance Association (UDA) national cheerleading and dance championships to be held Jan. 17-19 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. A live feed throughout the competition can be found at

Members of the cheerleading and dance teams will proudly don their blue and gold to show off national competition routines at the send-off event. In the last national championships, the cheerleaders finished second in Division I and sixth in the world university cheerleading championship’s large coed division and the dance team took fourth and fifth place honors, respectively, in Division I hip hop and jazz competitions.

Incomplete without the animated and award-winning Fightin’ Blue Hens mascot, the event will also feature YoUDee. After receiving a first place bid in the mascot open division for the 2014 Universal Cheerleaders Association College Mascot National Championship, YoUDee, three-time reigning champion, will compete to maintain its title alongside the rest of UD’s decorated spirit squad.