How do I join the cheer squad in the fall?” is a question that has been asked numerous times by many aspiring cheerleaders. This is an indication of the huge face lift that the Mason cheer squad has had throughout football and basketball season. The requests have been more than numerous, and there has been a title wave of interest in the new look of the Mustang Cheerleaders.
So why the sudden onset of interest? Apart from a new talent in the cheer team, much of the credit must be attributed to the passion, drive, and leadership of the new coach, Beth Bird.
With the departure of the class of 2005, there was an exodus of talent. This left the cheer squad with very few experienced cheerleaders to continue to uphold the standards, and the cheer team fell into a lull over the last couple of years. “When I was on the team, we didn’t really do anything. It was just cheering and nothing fun like what the new cheer squad is doing,” states Haley Smith, former Mason cheerleader.
The arrival on the scene of our new coach completely reversed the situation. From day one Coach Bird has inspired a new generation to new heights in cheerleading not seen at Mason in the last four years. Coach Bird says, “To see the Mason cheer team progress in the last two seasons has been awesome! Next season will be even better and we have some great surprises in store.”
I go to a lot of the games and people are really taking notice that the team has definitely improved. The crowds at the basketball games go wild when the cheer squad stunts for us!” Tyler Duncan, a sophomore, says.
It is no understatement to suggest that the “spirit” of the Mason winter sports program has been inspired by the new look of the Mustang Cheerleaders. It is very obvious that the crowd of Mason supporters and the Mason sports men and women has a renewed connection with the revamped Cheer Squad 09. The Squad has worked extremely hard to play their part in motivating, supporting and inspiring the Mason winter sports teams to new heights of success. “We definitely work hard to put on a good show for the crowds at the games and although some things don’t go to plan, it’s all about trying again and learning from mistakes,” explains Kaelin Seitz, a Gr8 cheerleader.
So where to from here? Three words come to mind – bigger, better, bolder. The outlook for the cheer squad is the most promising it’s been in the last four years. The inspiration of coach Bird, dedication and commitment of the team, and wave of interest being shown by potential cheerleaders bodes well for the future Mason cheer team.
There is only one thing stopping the Mason Cheer Squad from reaching potential new heights. The team needs the power, muscle, and good looks of a few good guys for a stunt team. If there are any men out there who want to spend two hours once a week with 15 cheerleaders practicing lifts and stunts, then think about becoming a part of a great team. So if some of you fine-tuned male athletes out there have the courage to support the team that supports you, contact Coach Bird.
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