Vaught’s note: Amber Tyler is a University of Kentucky graduate and will be a regular contributor to vaughtsviews.com.
By AMBER TYLER
LEXINGTON, KY –- Kentucky basketball isn’t the only legendary sport for the state. The University of Kentucky’s cheerleading team will vie for its 22nd National Championship this weekend in Kissimmee, FL. The Cats have been tirelessly working on their routine for this year’s competition and showcased it at halftime of the UK-Arkansas game at Rupp Arena on Saturday.
As a spectator of the halftime show, I can say I was in awe as they performed. I would go to UK games as a child and the cheerleaders were always something special to watch, and someone I admired. I can remember just staring with my mouth agape as they flipped up and down the court, and flew into the air preforming tricks and stunts.
The UK Cheer Squad is preparing for this year’s competition by gathering at Coach Jomo Thompsons house to watch the previous 21 wins (more than any other Division 1A school). What better way to get in the winning spirit than by watching your team crush the competition year after year.
The cheerleaders are not just all-star athletes, but they have big hearts as well. They traveled with the UK football team to the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, FL and while there, visited with the kids at the Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
The Cats will perform this upcoming weekend at the UCA College Cheerleading National Championship which is the most prestigious college cheerleading championship in the country. For updates on the team’s performance you can check twitter @UCAupdates with the hashtag #UCAnationals, or follow them on Instagram @UCAupdates. The UK Cheerleading Twitter (@KenutckyCheer) and Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/kentuckycheerleading/) will also be posting updates.
If you want be a part of the Kentucky Cheer UCA Nationals Send-Off you can join them tonight at the Seaton Center on campus. Doors will open at 6:30 with a warm-up at 6:45 and a performance at 7:30. You will be able to see their national’s routine for the last time before they head to the competition.
Admission is free so be sure to bring all of your friends and family and show support to the UK Cheerleaders!