Spirit Squad supports campus sports

Careyanne Johnson

The Spirit Squad is one team at Laramie County Community College you can always count on to cheer you up when your day is feeling flat.

Being a member of the LCCC Spirit Squad requires hard work and dedication in support of LCCC athletics, but they are also supporting other aspects of the college from raising up the spirit at games to bringing awareness to all our Eagles on campus.

The spirit squad consists of 14 members, six men and eight women, all of whom are coached by Mary Spilski. All the members of the cheer team meet from 3–6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in the gym, and they must complete six hours of practice each week.

Members must also contribute 20 hours of community service. Their community service hours may be spent making appearances in Cheyenne's grade schools to teach basic cheerleading moves and to read to children.

The other requirements for maintaining membership in the spirit squad are maintaining a 2.5 GPA, attending minimum class time of 10 study hours and being in a good legal standing. In recent seasons, this is the second year LCCC has had a cheer team. Previously, the college had a dance team. The Spirit Squad attends every home game; however, they do not often travel with the teams to out-of-state games.

Spirit Squad holds tryouts every spring, and students can join the team as long as they know basic stunting and tumbling.

They also have junior cheer clinics every year held in LCCC's gymnasium, which anyone can attend. Fliers are sent out to all the schools in Cheyenne for anyone who is interested in becoming a cheerleader.

LCCC Spirit Squad just doesn't dance around and have fun though—they run multiple laps and do sets of push-ups every practice, and that's after they have completed their stances and pyramids.

Spirit Squad Coach Spilski said: "We aren't here for ourselves. We are here because we love our Eagles."