February 13, 2010
Written by Cory Chandler
Texas Tech cheered the state of Texas to a 36-17 victory over the Nation on Feb. 6 in El Paso.
The cheerleaders on the sidelines were wearing Double Ts when the best college football players from the Lone Star State laid a drubbing on rivals from across the U.S. in the Texas vs. the Nation all-star game.
Game organizers invited Texas Tech’s Cheerleading Squad to attend the annual event in El Paso that pits players with Texas roots against those hailing from the nation’s lesser 49 states.
Texas Tech’s squad supported the Texas team while cheerleading powerhouse University of Kentucky cheered for the Nation. Texas won the game 36-17.
“The organizers wanted the best collegiate cheer team in the state to represent the Texas team and our name came up,” said cheerleading coach Joshua Anderson. “This wasn’t something we applied for. They invited us because they felt we were the best cheerleading squad in Texas.”
Texas Tech has established itself as a national presence in the cheerleading arena, claiming third place at the 2009 National Dance Association Collegiate Cheer and Dance Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla.
In August, the squad also earned rare paid bids to the 2010 competition.
Anderson said the Texas vs. the Nation game served to boost recruiting as squad members worked with cheerleaders and coaches from high schools across the state on routines performed during the game.
Texas Tech cheerleaders also claimed best cheerleader, best tumbler, best dancer and best jumper awards at a separate camp hosted in conjunction with the game, and won third place in a stunts competition.
The Texas Tech Spirit Program is part of the Center for Campus Life office, a division of Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs.
The Spirit Squads lead the fans in supporting the teams at football, basketball, and volleyball games. They serve as ambassadors not only at athletic events, but also at many different school functions. In addition, the Spirit Squads gladly participate in their community by volunteering at local schools, charity events, and youth organizations.
Being a proud part of the Texas Tech Spirit Program is more than just a year-round commitment. It means dedication from each member to maintain the school spirit of the students, the alumni, and the fans.