Cheer Squad

Cheer Team 2017

UNK's Cheer Squad performs at all home football, volleyball, and basketball games and travels to select away games. The Cheer Squad unifies students, alumni, and fans in support of UNK and Loper athletes and motivates and entertains fans while promoting school spirit. Members of the Cheer Squad also serve as ambassadors at campus and community functions.

Tryouts are held each year for all potential cheerleaders. Tryouts for the 2018-2019 Cheer Squad will be held in June 2018. Visit the tryout webpage below for tryout requirements.

2017-2018 Cheerleading Squad


Alyson Matulka



Anna Porter



Krista Williams

Community Outreach Coordinator


Taylor Daly



Erika Smith



Sarah Petersen



Becca Schulz



Ashley Borchers



Samantha Schindler



Brooke Poppe


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

Cheer Squad Tryouts

Friday, June 8, 2018
Health & Sports Center | University of Nebraska at Kearney
Applications are due to Laura Matthies by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 1, 2018

Tryouts are mandatory for anyone who is considering being a part of the University of Nebraska at Kearney Cheerleading Squad for the 2018-2019 academic year. If you are unable to attend the tryout date, please contact Laura Matthies at your earliest convenience. Please carefully read the important information located below.


  • Any full-time student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for the 2018-2019 academic year.


  • Health & Sports Center Arena, located on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus.


  • All day event. Starting with morning interview.

  • Men:

    • Loper Flag Sprint

    • Loper Chant

    • Megaphone Use

    • Toe-Touch, 3 consecutive jumps, Front Hurdler

    • Personal Cheer

  • Women:

    • Toe-Touch, 3 consecutive jumps, Front Hurdler

    • Learned Sideline 

    • Personal Cheer

    • Personal 30-sec Routine 

  • Timed one-mile run.

  • Loper Fight Song


  • Ladies: Black athletic shorts or spandex, and court/cheerleading shoes. Your top should be blue or white with no University logos or identifying parts. Hair should be half up with a white bow. You may wear one pair of studded earrings and all other jewelry must be removed. 

  • Men: White or blue shirt, black athletic shorts, and athletic shoes. All athletic wear should have no University logos or identifying parts. Hair should be neat and facial hair should be neatly groomed.

  • Note that these requirements are for safety reasons, and also note that a small part of your score in finals is "overall image", so make-up and hair should be game day ready

  • Please dress in business attire for the interview.

The Cheer Squad currently does not stunt or tumble at athletic or community events however many squad members possess these skills. Although you will not be asked to demonstrate stunting or tumbling skills at this year’s tryout, you will be asked about your previous cheerleading experience and you may refer to your training and abilities in these areas.


Please note that being a member of the Cheerleading Squad at UNK requires a significant time commitment. Our office encourages strong campus involvement from all members, but please be aware that there are certain campus activities that overlap practice and performance times.

To submit your tryout application, please click on this link to fill out the form.

Contact Information

If you are interested in becoming a member of the UNK Cheerleading Squad or would like to schedule a meeting with the Spirit Squad Advisor please contact:


Laura Matthies


Phone: (308) 865-8523

Mailing Address:

Office of Student Engagement
University of Nebraska at Kearney
1013 West 27th Street
Kearney, NE 68849-5310