Bruno of Penn-Trafford signs letter of intent to attend Baylor for acrobatics and tumbling


Sunday 21 November 2021 | 11:01 am

You probably didn’t know that a student/athlete can earn a scholarship for acrobatics and tumbling.

You are not alone.

Penn-Trafford senior Carleigh Bruno heard about it a bit by accident while training with Legend Athletics in North Huntingdon. There she tried to improve her moves for the cheerleading competition.

There she ran into trainer Angela Urban, who works at the facility and was an education coordinator for the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association.

Urban, who was previously an assistant coach at Baylor and Oregon, lives in North Huntingdon.

Bruno, who has been cheering since she was five and now spends her Friday nights cheering for the Warriors football team, recently signed a national letter of intent to attend Baylor and compete in national cheerleading competitions.

Baylor has won the NCATA National Championship six years in a row.

Acrobatics and tumbling became a college sport in 2011 and has grown to 40 schools. Bruno said Gannon and Fairmont State (W.Va.) were recruiting her too

“It was incredible to be offered a scholarship,” Bruno said. “I didn’t know they considered it a sport until I met Angela. It’s a relatively new sport. It’s a great opportunity for me.”

Bruno will not be part of Baylor’s cheerleading squad. She will participate strictly in the acrobatics and tumbling team. Acrobatics and tumbling is a mix of gymnastics and cheerleading.

“I love it,” said Bruno. “I find it exciting to compete against other individuals.

“I want to study engineering in college, and when I visited Baylor for a camp, I fell in love with the campus. I love the coaching philosophy. I also love warm weather and Texas. It’s going to be an exciting experience.”

There’s another local girl on the Baylor squad: senior Hannah Chriseman, who graduated from Norwin.

Bruno said she will compete as the starting position.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Paul via email at or via Twitter .

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