April 13, 2012
Texas Tech’s Cheer Squad claimed third place Friday at the 2012 National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Association (NCA/NDA) Collegiate Cheer and Dance Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Cheer Squad, coached by Bruce Bills, finished with a final score of 9.303, and was edged out by squads from Oklahoma State University (first) and the University of Louisville (second).
“I am very proud of this team,” Bills said. “They worked extremely hard to get this opportunity.”
More than 270 teams from across the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica and Japan competed for an NCA or NDA title.
Stephanie Rhode , assistant director in the Center for Campus Life, said getting to Daytona Beach and placing among the top teams is much more difficult than it appears.
“Just qualifying to get to this contest is a big deal, because an invitation from NCA/NDA is required to even go to the national competition,” Rhode said. “Many teams that get invited don’t even make the trip, because they know they ultimately are not competitive enough.”
Texas Tech’s squad qualified for the national bid last summer at the cheer camp hosted by Southern Methodist University.
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.