By Nathan Pace
NCAA basketball players were not the only student-athletes impacted by the cancellation of the college tournament. At the University of Indianapolis, cheerleaders lost out on their final chance to support their Greyhounds with the cancellation of the Division II regional at UIndy. Meet four senior cheerleaders who pass along their experiences to future athletes.
(Special thanks to UIndy Cheer coach Tessa Wolsiffer for submitting photos.)
High School: Center Grove
Major: Human Biology, Minor: Spanish
Favorite moment: My sophomore year, 2017, our football team played Grand Valley State at home for our first football game of the season. GVS was ranked No. 2 in the country at the time. We beat them 24-20!!! The energy at Key Stadium was amazing! We then went on to an undefeated regular season.
How college Improved you as a cheerleader: I believe I’ve improved in many different ways with being a Uindy Cheerleader, however, one thing I think helped me excel throughout college is learning time-management skills behind being a full-time student athlete. Post-grad plans: I plan to be a medical device sales representative.
Tips for younger cheerleaders: Confidence, confidence, confidence! Confidence is such a valuable trait for cheerleaders. It really makes the difference in your skills and how you look to the crowd! Be confident in yourself.
I couldn’t have asked for a better four years at UIndy and it has been such an honor to represent our university. I will miss cheering for my favorite athletic teams so much.
High School: Franklin Central
Favorite moment: Going to the Butler UCA cheer clinic my sophomore year. It was a great team bonding experience and we learned so much.
How college Improved you as a cheerleader: Over the past three years cheering for UIndy, I have improved the most on my motions and trying my best not only at games, but practices, too.
Post-grad plans: I hope to get a job in medical device sales
Tips for young cheerleaders: My biggest tip to younger cheerleaders is this: don’t let anyone tell you what you cannot do. Trust yourself and know what you are capable of. Always try to be the best person and athlete you can be.
Cheerleading has taught me how to be a teammate, how to push myself, and most importantly, how to be confident.
High School: Elkhart Memorial
Favorite moment: It’s hard to pick just one from the past four years, but I would have to say both the homecoming game and pack-the-house night are always really fun games to cheer for.
How college improved you as a cheerleader: I think I have really improved in my communication and leadership skills as an upperclassman on this year’s squad.
Post-grad plans: I will be attending the Krannert School of Physical Therapy this fall!
Favorite workout song: We R Who We R by Kesha
Tips for young cheerleaders: Give 100 percent to every repetition; you’re never going to look back and wish you hadn’t worked so hard
High School: Mooresville
Favorite Moment: Having the opportunity to cheer in front of thousands of people at football games alongside my strong and supportive teammates and to make a difference among my community through countless hours of community service.
How college improved you as a cheerleader: Through a lot of hard work both inside and outside of practice, my skill set has definitely improved throughout the four years I was able to cheer at UIndy.
Post-grad plans: I intend to be a critical care travel nurse so that I can work in a multitude of settings and gain new experiences each place I go before attending grad school to become a nurse practitioner.
Favorite workout song: Blinding Lights by the Weekend.
Tips for young cheerleaders: Never give up on your dream and passion for cheerleading. Cheering at the collegiate level is a goal that can sometimes seem unattainable; however, with a lot of practice, perseverance, and a great attitude, anything is possible