The University of Kentucky Cheerleading Squad
Congratulations to the 2014-15 Squads!
Only for the Kentucky cheerleading team can one season without a national championship feel like a drought.
Last year, the cheerleaders were named runners-up to Memphis. On Sunday, UK returned to its familiar perch atop the world of college cheerleading.
"When you finally hear second place called and then they call first place, it's a lot of emotion, a lot of joy," Jomo Thompson said via cell phone. "We just feel vindicated, especially after coming in second place last year. We wanted to make sure we got back to the top and we did that."
UK won an unprecedented 20th national title at the UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, Fla., finishing ahead of second-place UCF. UK has now won an incredible 15 championships since 1995, only being dethroned five times during that span. ... read the full story
2014 Fall Clinic Announced
The University of Kentucky Cheerleading program has organized a clinic to help you prepare for true coed stunting and also get you ready for college cheerleading tryouts. This clinic has been developed to help individuals who plan to make the transition from high school to college cheerleading. However, we allow ages 10 and over to attend this clinc. At this clinic, you will get help with coed stunt techniques, tumbling, baskets, and interview skills.
You will benefit greatly from this clinic if you are interested in trying out as a college cheerleader anywhere across the nation and especially at UK. The techniques and skills that we will help you develop will give you a head start over your competitors.
At this clinic, you can expect training by former and current members of the Twenty-Time National Champion University of Kentucky Cheerleaders. The clinic is conducted in a low-pressure, safe, and fun environment on the University of Kentucky’s campus.
Jomo K. Thompson, head coach of the 20-time National Champion squad, along with T. Lynn Williamson, the architect of the cheer program, who has advised and developed the UK Cheer program for the past 39 years, will help with advice and answer any questions or concerns that you might have about the tryout procedure.
The clinic will be held on September 20-21, 2014 from 12:00 to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday and from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Sunday at the Seaton Center Gymnastics Room. Lunch will be provided there on Sunday. (Lunch Consists of Pizza and a soft drink, if this is not appealing to you please bring your own lunch.) Attached are a registration form, an application, and a release form. The cost of the clinic is $200.00. The application will be used to help us evaluate each individual and separate you into groups by skill level in order to better benefit you at the clinic (please be honest). All materials must be completed and returned with proof of medical insurance along with the clinic fee by: September 12, 2014.
If hotel accommodations are needed, information has been provided with the registration form. We recommend using University Inn. They offer a discount rate for the participants of the clinic.
This clinic is recommended for anyone planning to try out as a college cheerleader, but if you plan to try out at the University of Kentucky we highly suggest you attend.
2013-14 Squads Announced
Congratulations to the men and women on the 2013-14 Kentucky Cheerleading Squad.
The University of Kentucky Cheerleading Squad
No other college cheerleading squad has dominated the Universal Cheerleaders Association National Championships like the team from Kentucky.
The UK squad has won UCA's National College Cheerleading Championship an unprecedented twenty (20) times, in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014- more than any other Division 1A school. UK's squad is the only team to win back to back championships three times, once in 1987 and 1988, again in 1995 and 1996, and a third time in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Further, UK is the only squad ever to win three, four, five, six, seven and eight championships in a row.
UK's eight year streak of championships was broken in 2003 when they finished runner up to Central Florida. They regained the title in January, 2004 and won their third straight in 2006. Central Florida regained the championship in 2007 when UK finished in third place. But the next year, UK came home with their 16th title.
The UK Cheer Program is recognized in the cheerleading world as perhaps the finest cheer program in America as the squad has placed first 17 times and placed second four times in the National Championships. The squad also generates vocal support and significant enthusiasm for some of the finest athletic programs in the nation. The Wildcat basketball team is the winningest college basketball program in the nation and has won the NCAA National Championship seven times! In December, 2009, the Wildcat football team will be making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance.
The squad receives substantial media exposure. Having finished in the top ten every year since the existence of the UCA National College Championships, each year the UK squad is seen on the ESPN televised Championships Program, which airs at least eight times nationally. In addition, the UK squad is seen on television as every UK basketball game is televised nationally. The squad is frequently the subject of highlight stories by television, radio stations, and newspapers. The squad has been featured on the "CBS Evening News," Connie Chung's "Eye to Eye," the "CBS Morning Show", in "Southern Living" and "Gentlemen's Quarterly," "ESPN the Magazine," and "Seventeen" magazine. The cheerleaders regularly attend University Athletics Association and Alumni Association functions. They represent the University at many charitable and public relations' events. The cheerleaders have performed at the half time of the Denver Nuggets (coached by UK graduate, Dan Issel) and the Miami Heat (formerly coached by UK graduate, Pat Riley) game and then appeared at the Denver UK Alumni Club function.
On the UK campus, UK cheerleaders are recognized as some of the finest athletes in the University's sports programs, as intelligent and outgoing students in the classroom, and as public relations ambassadors of the University of Kentucky and the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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