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 April 2018. Visit the tryout webpage below for tryout requirements.

2017-2018 Cheerleading Squad

Alyson

Alyson Matulka

Junior
Captain

Anna

Anna Porter

Sophomore
Captain

Krista

Krista Williams

Junior
Community Outreach Coordinator

Carlie

Carlie Prososki

Senior

Taylor

Taylor Daly

Junior

Sarah

Sarah Petersen

Sophomore

Erika

Erika Smith

Junior

Gabby

Gabby Mills

Sophomore

Becca

Becca Schulz

Freshman

Ashley

Ashley Borchers

Freshman

Samantha

Samantha Schindler

Freshman

Brooke

Brooke Poppe

Coach

poppebe2@unk.edu

Kids Camp 2017: Information

The University of Nebraska at Kearney Cheer & Dance Kids Clinic will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 10:00-12:00 p.m. in the Hyper Gym of the Health and Sports Center.

The campers will 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, snack, goody bag, and two parent tickets to the Loper basketball games that evening.

Registration is now closed for the 2017 UNK Cheer & Dance Kids Camp.

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

Cheer Squad Tryouts

Friday, April 21, 2017
Health & Sports Center | University of Nebraska at Kearney
Applications are due to Laura Matthies by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 14, 2017

Tryouts are mandatory for anyone who is considering being a part of the University of Nebraska at Kearney Cheerleading Squad for the 2017-2018 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.

WHO:

  • Any full-time student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for the 2017-2018 academic year.

WHERE:

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

WHAT:

  • All day event. Starting with morning interview.

  • Men:

    • Loper Flag Sprint

    • Loper Chant

    • Megaphone Use

  • Women:

    • Toe-Touch, 3 consecutive jumps, Front Hurdler

    • Learned Sideline 

    • Personal Cheer 

    • Personal 30-sec Routine 

  • Timed one-mile run.

  • Loper Fight Song

APPEARANCE:

  • 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.

COMMITMENT:

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.

Please read and sign the TRYOUT INFORMATION PACKET. (Turn this in at tryouts)

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

Laura Matthies

Email: matthiesla@unk.edu

Phone: (308) 865-8523

Mailing Address:

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