Cheerleading File Photo - Sept.5, 2016 - TrevierLamar University’s cheerleading program offers an opportunity for students to be a part of a motivational team while also serving the community.

On Saturday, the cheerleaders will host a recruitment clinic, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in McDonald Gym, located next to the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center. The fee is $10 for online registration or $15 cash or check on the day of the event.

“The Lamar University cheer program is made up of diverse Lamar students that become family,” Allison Williams, cheer coordinator, said. “Our recruitment clinic allows anyone interested in cheering at the collegiate level a chance to be a Lamar Cheerleader for the day.”

The clinic is open to all ages.

“We run our clinic like we run our practices,” Williams said. “We teach material that will be used during tryouts so it gives everyone an advantage by learning the material ahead of time.”

Williams said the clinic is laid back to create a comfortable atmosphere.

Cheerleading File Photo 3 - Sept.5, 2016 - Trevier“The clinic is run by the Lamar coaching staff and current cheerleaders, so everyone can really get a feel for what our program is like,” she said.

Da’Quwan Mark, a veteran member of the team, said the spirit program has taught him more than just cheerleading skills.

“It has allowed me to gain connections by going out into surrounding areas, spreading positive vibes about Lamar and the program itself,” he said.

The spirit program participates in numerous events around the community throughout the year, including festivals, charity events, parades and town meetings.

“The program has allowed me to display and demonstrate characteristics like responsibility, discipline and determination, all which one must possess to be a part of such a prestigious program,” Mark said.

The members of the team are split between males and females across different ages and majors.

Mark, a senior, said his time on the team was an important time in his life.

“The art of cheerleading allowed me to be myself, all while constructing friendships that built priceless moments that left me smiling at the end of each day,” he said.

The group cheer at home and away football games, home men’s and women’s basketball games, post-season tournaments and various community events. Members also receive a scholarship.

Being a part of a team like the Lamar Cheer Team allows students to be a part of something bigger than, Williams said.

“As the coordinator, I strive to provide student development opportunities that prepare our cheerleaders for the future,” she said. “Many skills they develop while on the cheer team are transferable to life after college.”

For more information, visit students.lamar.edu, email or call 880-7241.

Baylee Billiot

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