Since the age of 4, Carly Manning’s passion for cheer has transcended athletic boundaries leading to a career spanning nearly 20 years. Fearless, fierce, and full of cheer pride, get to know this 21-year-old cheer champion and how she made her dreams a reality.
A Passion for Cheer
Being a part of a cheerleading family, Manning became infatuated with the sport after watching her older cousins practice at a young age.
“I knew it was definitely something I wanted to do, so I started taking tumbling and fell in love with the sport,” said Manning.
In high school, Manning joined the Wildcats, an international level 5 coed team at Cheer Athletics, the largest all-star cheer gym in the world. Known for winning the most national and world championship titles, cheerleaders like Manning must have advanced tumbling skills in order to make the prestigious team.
“You need to have advanced tumbling skills to make the Wildcats cut: at least a round-off back handspring full and a standing full, bounding passes, things like that,” said Manning. “I’m a flyer, which requires a lot of flexibility and confidence in the air. You have to have a lot of body control and awareness to know what you’re doing. I don’t get scared—I just go for it. I really trust my teammates.”
During her time at Cheer Athletics, Manning became an NCA Collegiate Grand National Champion, five-time NCA All-Star National Champion, and four-time USASF Cheerleading World Champion.
Once Manning graduated from high school, she decided to attend college and continue her cheerleading career by joining the Oklahoma State University cheer team for 2 years and later Texas Tech. After graduating in 2019, Manning has continued her cheer legacy off the mat by coaching the next generation of cheerleaders in Texas.
Collaborating with a Champion
In January, Manning stopped by our Champion Teamwear offices to review our upcoming campwear collections, textiles, and prints. Now cheer’s favorite athlete is working with Champion to curate a campwear collection that reflects her favorite Champion Teamwear cheer trends with the essential apparel squads need to perform at camp. View her first curated Champion collection HERE.
Future Sneak Peeks
Don’t miss future updates on upcoming Carly Manning x Champion collections. Stay up-to-date by following Manning’s Instagram @carlymanning10 and our blog to get to know the athlete behind the poms, exclusive cheer tips, and sneak peeks of her Champion collection.