Wyoming Spirit Squads Start Season on Right Foot by Earning National Competition Bids

Sept. 10, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming Spirit Squads traveled to Provo, Utah in August to participate in the National Cheer/Dance Association (NCA/NDA) Summer Camp in preparation for the start of the 2008 athletic season.

The UW Spirit Squads consist of 44 total members; a co-ed cheer team (Brown Squad), the all-girl cheer team (Gold Squad) and the Wildfire dance team. In Provo the teams took part in two days of game-day preparation, safety certifications and skill building. The camp ended with an evaluation-style competition which was judged by NCA/NDA staff members.

Twenty-seven UW Cheerleaders competed to take home first place with their Game-Day Routine, out-performing several other schools, including host BYU. The cheer team also took home Best All-Around Team honors for their sportsmanship and school spirit. The Wildfire dance team placed second in the Team Dance competition, bested only by the nationally ranked BYU Cougarettes.

"The Wyoming Spirit Squad accomplishments are something that I am very proud of. It takes a lot of hard work, motivation, and commitment to compete and win as a team, particularly with only four days of preparation," said UW head coach Ty'Lene Jackson.

The Wildfire dance team's performance earned a coveted National Competition Bid for Division I Dance, and the cheerleaders earned a National Competition Bid for Division I Small Coed. The NCA/NDA Collegiate National Competition is held in April in Daytona Beach, Fla. It would be the first time in four years that UW has sent teams to Nationals, and the first time in almost a decade that a co-ed cheer team has represented UW at the national level.

The UW Spirit Squads provide support for both Wyoming Cowboy and Cowgirl teams, as well as maintaining involvement in community affairs, events, and relations on behalf of the University.

More information on the UW Cheerleaders and Dancers, and information on corporate/personal sponsorships of the program, can be found HERE or by emailing Ty'Lene Jackson at tjackso1@uwyo.edu.