April 6, 2016
The Texas Tech cheer and pom squads are on their way to Daytona Beach, Florida, to compete in the National Cheer Association (NCA) and National Dance Association (NDA) national championship of collegiate cheer and dance Thursday and Friday (April 7-8).
"I've never known a group who has worked harder to represent Texas Tech University the way these students have," said Stephanie Rhode, Texas Tech Spirit Program director. "They have not only participated in 150 appearances throughout this year but they have also practiced three to four times a week while undergoing intense strength and conditioning training three times a week. The work ethic of these students is inspiring."
Last year, the cheerleading squad placed second and the pom squad placed seventh in the open dance category and fourth in the hip-hop category, respectively. For nine consecutive years, Texas Tech has placed in the top five spots.
Both Texas Tech's co-ed cheerleading team and pom squad will compete in the Division 1A categories.
In March, the two teams showcased their routines at the United Supermarkets Arena to the Lubbock community in preparations for the competition.
The results of the NCA and NDA championships will be announced Friday afternoon. Live updates will be available on the Varsity website or viewers can watch the event live on CBS Sports Network.
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.