Tradition • Character • Service

Tradition • Character • Service

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hoping for the return of Charger Cheerleaders in the Fall

Since last homecoming I have been hearing stories and rumors about the return of cheerleaders to the sidelines of Hillsdale College's Muddy Waters Stadium. Former athletic director Mike Kovalchik disbanded the program after problems with finding suitable coaches emerged in 2005.

Over the course of this past academic year, student-led efforts from Ashlee LeCompte, Chole Chapel, and Kelsie White have tackled the necessary bureaucratic hurdles and hope to have a squad on the field for the fall. They have Hillsdale Admissions staff assistant Margaret Bramen on board as a coach but are working on getting a stunt supervisor that requires certification. Chapel told the Hillsdale Collegian
this spring, "I'm going to get certified over the summer," said Chapel. "It will be nice for one of us to be certified so our practice schedules aren't dependent on a coach."

Seeing cheerleaders back on the sidelines would be a great addition to the gameday atmosphere. I would love to see some new traditions emerge from this initiative. Now, if we could only get a 100 member marching band...oh well, the pep band did a heck of a job last season and I expect will do so again in the Fall. The biggest thing though that has to continue, cheerleaders or not, is the spirit and turnout of the Charger fan base. Last year, the student section was the best it had been in 25 years.

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