The UNK Spirit Squad is comprised of the Cheerleading Squad and the Sapphires Dance Team. First and foremost, members of the Spirit Squad must be persons of the highest integrity and EXEMPLARY representatives of the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
The University of Nebraska at Kearney Spirit Squad Program strives to support and not compromise, its squad members’ academic careers and aids to develop them into responsible, mature and independent adults. The program is a means of improving the student’s mental and physical well being. The Spirit Squad is a team where the student (1) will be provided leadership opportunities; (2) will develop the ability to make good decisions; (3) will enhance the ability to respond to life’s situations; (4) will contribute to social development, e.g. awareness of one’s self, the development of self confidence, development of interpersonal relationships; and (5) generally will maximize the opportunity for the student athlete.
The success of the Spirit Squad depends upon each member committing herself or himself to the Spirit Squad team. The team’s paramount goal is to support the University of Nebraska at Kearney & UNK Athletics. That support is directed into three major areas, as follows: (1) to raise the level of fan support for the University; (2) to participate in the athletic activity known as cheer/dance by performing motions, dance movements and jumps; to perfect this athletic activity for keeping crowd attention/direction focused on the field/floor where the intercollegiate activity is taking place, and for entertainment and competitive purposes; and (3) to serve as representatives of the University of Nebraska at Kearney & UNK Athletics.
THE SAPPHIRES DANCE TEAM
The University of Nebraska at Kearney Sapphires Dance Team performs at all home football and basketball games. The team occasionally travels to away games and appears at many campus and community events/funcations. The squad practices three times a week for two hours each. They attend summer training camps and focus on leadership training throughout the year.
The University provides all necessary uniform attire for the Sapphires, in addition each member receives a $100 per semester tuition waiver.