Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo's cheerleaders for the 2013-2014 athletics season will bring Cougar spirit to the new gym.

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After last year's inaugural season cheering on the men's basketball team, the squad will add volleyball games this season, leading the Cougar Crazies and fans in supporting the women's team.

"We are excited to add volleyball to our schedule this season," Coach Chelsea McDonald said. "We want to help grow school spirit, and encourage everyone to come cheer with us for the Cougars."

Twin sisters Courtney Freeman and Kiley Freeman, from Sweetser, are the returning veterans from the first squad. They join new cheerleaders Hannah Aaron, Greentown; Maggie Goff, Converse; Brandi Martin, Peru; Bailey Oakley, Walton; and Kelsey Thieke, Galveston.

The team is participating in cheerleading camp before the season begins, and Kiley Freeman noted all the cheerleaders bring previous experience to the team.

"We had a great first season, and we're growing the program this year," she said. "With our experience and what we learn at camp, we should be more impressive this year."

In addition, Martin looks forward to expanding the cheerleading camp they sponsor for elementary and middle school girls this year, to include girls from more schools.

"Being an IU Kokomo cheerleader is an opportunity to be a role model in our community," she said. "It means a lot to me to be chosen for this team."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.