KOKOMO, Ind. – The men and women of Indiana University Kokomo's cheerleading squad made their debut at the Cougars' first home basketball game earlier this December.
Members of the 2012-2013 squad are freshmen Courtney Freeman, Kiley Freeman, Maciah Faucett, Alyssa Grant, Caitlyn Myers, Josh Head, Tyler Neher, and Jeremiah Smith, sophomores Aricka Lennon and John Shaw, and juniors Erika Freeman and Ashley Burns.
The squad, as well as Coach Chelsea Bower, is looking forward to building relationships with the other athletes on campus and building a sense of community at IU Kokomo.
"It's really exciting to be the first team, and we hope to keep bringing school spirit and pride to campus through the rest of the athletics season," said Erika Freeman.
Aricka Lennon added that she is thrilled to be part of the momentum as campus moves forward. "It will be cool to look back on our collegiate experiences and see that we made history at IU Kokomo," she said.
The entire squad is happy to be cheering again. Most have had previous varsity cheerleading experience, but haven't cheered since high school. Coach Bower really focused on conditioning the squad in the beginning because of the advanced skills they would be practicing.
"Staying in shape is important to staying safe as we perform cheers, stunts, or dances," said Caitlyn Myers.
The men and women wowed the crowd with their cheers, chants, dances, and stunts during the first home game and IU Kokomo's first-ever homecoming game. The squad is excited to be part of the festivities this year and can't wait to cheer on the Cougars for the rest of the basketball season.
You can come see the squad in action during the men's basketball home game at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 16. The Cougars will face the IU Northwest RedHawks in the Kokomo High School South Campus Gym, entrance 13.
Story written by Mary Olk. Mary is a senior in communication arts and is a writer for the Office of Media and Marketing.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.