April 1, 2015
The Texas Tech University cheer and pom squads will soon travel to Daytona Beach, Florida, for the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) and National Dance Association (NDA) collegiate championships April 8-12 to compete for the national title.
Both teams will showcase their routines at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (April 2) at United Supermarkets Arena.
Spirit Program director Stephanie Rhode says this competition allows both teams to show the full extent of their capabilities and skills to the public.
“I am so proud of our squads, and I'm so excited for everyone to see the level of talent these students have,” she said. “We don't often have an opportunity to show the full extent of what the cheerleaders and dancers are capable of doing. The national collegiate championship gives us the opportunity to do so.”
Texas Tech's cheerleading squad has finished in the top five spots four times in the past eight years, taking second in 2011 and third in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Within the past two years, the pom squad placed in the top five spots as well, finishing third in the “open” category and fifth in the “hip-hop” category in 2014 and third in the “open” category in 2013.
“These students work all year representing the university at sporting events for six different Texas Tech sports, plus 150 appearances a year, three practices a week, strength and condition training three times a week, while keeping up with their academics at the same time,” Rhode said. “They train to serve as superior symbols of this great university, and nationals is the time to show everyone else what Texas Tech can do.”
The showcase is open to the public with free admission. Please use the northwest street-level entrance to the arena, park in the north lot and come downstairs to the main court.
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.