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Western Carolina University Cheerleading

Dec. 17, 2003

The team cheers at football, as well as, men's and women's basketball events. After those seasons are complete, we begin preparing for the National Finals. During the course of the year, the cheerleaders are also involved in various community service activities including; Relay for Life and the Jackson County Community Table.

At Western the cheerleaders are varsity athletes. After completion of your first full year, you will receive a letter certificate and upon completion of your second year you will receive a letter jacket. Following your third year you receive a WCU fleece, and upon completion of your fourth year you will receive a plaque that lists your accomplishments during your cheerleading career.

As a varsity athlete you will be required to follow the athletic guidelines. As a freshman you can expect a very busy year. Below is an example of what a week as a freshman cheerleader might be like for you:

Sunday at 5:00 pm: workout Sunday at 7:00 pm: study hall Monday at 7:00 pm: practice Tuesday at 5:45 am: conditioning Tuesday at 6:30 pm: study hall Wednesday at 6:30 pm: study hall Thursday during the day: workout Thursday at 6:30 pm: practice Saturday: game

The athletic department supplies cheerleaders with uniforms, one set of poms, a pair of shoes, and warm-ups. Food and travel expense is also covered for away games we attend. We receive donations and great support from our community that assist in our efforts to raise money to go to National competition. Each cheerleader will be involved in some aspect of our fundraising during the course of the year.

Being a college cheerleader is TOUGH! It takes perseverance, respect and a positive attitude. You must constantly strive to be the best, all the while being respectful of those around you. If you are this type of person then you will enjoy and appreciate your experience as a WCU Cheerleader.