Spirit Squad

The UNK Spirit Squad is comprised of the Cheer Squad and the Sapphires Dance Team. Squad members represent students of the highest integrity and are exemplary representatives of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Their purpose is to unify students, alumni, and fans in support of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, to serve the University as ambassadors at campus and community events, and to motivate and entertain the crowd while promoting school pride.

Please visit each individual team’s page for more information regarding spring tryouts, special appearances, and more. For additional information, or if you simply have questions, please contact Laura Matthies, Spirit Squad Advisor, at (308) 865-8523 or matthiesla@unk.edu.

UNK Spirit Squad

2018 Spirit Squad Recruit Visit

Join us on January 20th for our 2018 Recruit Visit! Future Cheerleaders and Sapphires will go on a campus tour, have a light lunch provided and will receive tickets to the UNK Women's and Men's Basketball games to watch the UNK Spirit Squad in action! Report to the Health and Sports Center Arena at 10 am to start the day!

Register for this event.

*Check us out on Instagram and Facebook  to keep up with every Loper Spirit. Go Lopers!


Email Laura Matthies at matthiesla@unk.edu with any specific questions!

Kids Camp 2018: Information

The University of Nebraska at Kearney Cheer & Dance Kids Clinic will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 beginning at 11:00 am in the Hyper Gym of the Health and Sports Center.

The campers will stay with the UNK Spirit Squad until they perform at halftime of the 2:00 p.m. Women's Basketball game, located at the Health and Sports Center. Cost to participate is $30.00 and includes a camp t-shirt, pizza lunch, and two parent tickets to the Loper basketball games that day.

To register for this event, please click the following link: 2018 UNK Cheer & Dance Kids Camp

If you have questions, please contact Laura Matthies at (308) 865-8523 or matthiesla@unk.edu

Judging Request Form

Use this form to request the members of the UNK Spirit Squad to judge your high school cheerleading tryouts. Please make your request at least 2 weeks prior to your tryouts. You will be contacted to confirm your tryouts with UNK judges.

Fill out the form to request your tryouts. Thank you!