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Cheerleading Information

RALLY GIRL TRYOUTS

Rally Girl tryouts will occur in April 2009. All tryouts will occur in the multi-sport complex on the University Park campus of Penn State.

Candidates are asked to attend each day. The tryout will consist of cheer, dance, and interview. This team of Penn State Cheerleading does not stunt or tumble. The team cheers for men's and women's volleyball along with many other events.

In order to tryout you must be a current full-time student at the University Park campus of Penn State. All candidates must also have proof of health insurance and a physical within the past year.

All female Penn State students are encouraged to attend tryouts.

PENN STATE CHEERLEADING SUMMER CAMP DATES

The Penn State Cheerleading College prep camp will be held June 16th and 17th.

The Penn State Cheerleading high school, junior high school, and rec team camp will be held July 27th-29th.

Call 814-865-0561 for registration information.

CHEER TEAM COMPETITION CHOREOGRAPHY

High school and junior high school choreography sessions are now available. Contact cheerleading@psu.edu if would like to arrange a choreography session for your team. Local and National competition choreography sessions are available. It's a fun way to get an excellent and competitive routine.

DANCE MARATHON

The Penn State Cheerleaders raised $5194.00 to help children and families fight pediatric cancer. The team has donated over $30,000 in last four years. The funds are grouped together with other Penn State organizations and this year totalled over $4.2 million. Annually an event known to Penn Staters as "THON" occurs on the University Park campus of Penn State. "THON" is a 48 hour Dance Marathon. The Penn State Cheerleaders had 6 team members participate in the 48 hour event. In the past 30 years THON has donate over $30 million to the Penn State Children's Hospital.

Thank you to our Alumni and clinic participants for helping us raise these funds.

UCA CHEER CAMP

Each year, the Cheerleaders travel to Rutgers University in New Jersey to attend the Universal Cheerleading Association's summer Cheer Camp. While at camp, cheerleaders learn various stunts, cheers, dances and sidelines. Camp is also an opportunity for bonding amoung both old and new team members. Finally, this time gives the cheerleaders experience at competing as they are striving to win such awards as the most collegiate team, best cheer award, best fight song award and many more. Even more important is the fact that Penn State continually wins many of these honors from year to year, making them both a well recognized and accomplished team.

SPORTING EVENTS GAMES

The largest responsiblity that the PSU cheerleaders may have is representing their school at sporting events. Throwing up stunts, tumbling down the field, yelling out cheers, dancing and running the famous Penn State flags are all directed at getting the crowd involved with the game. Even when the games are not going as well as they may have hoped, cheerleaders at Penn State keep a smile on their face and give it their all until the end. The sports that the cheerleaders most often attend are football, volleyball, gymnastics and basketball.

NITTANY LION MASCOT

The Nittany Lion Mascot is perhaps one of the most important parts of the program. Appearing at countless events this furry friend is recognized by more than just Penn State fans. To learn more about the Nittany Lion click here.

NATIONALS

Two and half hours of practice five days a week, advanced tumbling skills, endurance, dedication, and athleticism. That's what it takes to be a National Champion and the Penn State cheerleaders are looking forward to one day having their own 1st place team trophy. That day could be in the near future with the well-rounded and talented individuals that make up the 2002-2003 Coed and All-girl teams. In the past, both teams have proved successful with the All-girl team grabbing a 2nd place finish in the 2001 National Championship and the Coed taking 11th this year in a very competitive division. In addition, Penn State is home to the 2001 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS in the All-girl partner stunt division! Stay tuned for updates and check out some photos from the previous years of competition.

OTHER CHEER EVENTS

The cheerleaders do more than represent the University at games, including numerous other events from tailgates to birthday parties. With school, games and practices, free-time becomes pretty nonexistent, but the cheerleaders attend as many of the extra events as they can. Some appearances from the previous year: television recordings for shows like Emeril, school visits, Student Book Store promotions, plaque presentations, president's tailgate and many, many more.

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