World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

University of Kentucky cheerleading squad

Article Id: WHEBN0015338350
Reproduction Date:

Title: University of Kentucky cheerleading squad  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Kentucky Wildcats, University of Kentucky, Kentucky Geological Survey, Kentucky Fight, University Club of Kentucky
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

University of Kentucky cheerleading squad

The University of Kentucky cheerleading squad is one of the most prestigious collegiate cheerleading programs in the world. Representing the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY, the UK squad has won the Universal Cheerleaders Association National College Cheerleading Championship an unprecedented twenty times, in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014- more than any other Division 1A school.

UK's squad is the only team to win back to back championships twice, once in 1987 and 1988 and again in 1995 and 1996. Further, UK is the only squad ever to win three, four, five, six, seven and eight championships in a row. UK's eight-year streak of championships was broken in 2003 when they finished runner up to the University of Central Florida. They regained the title in January, 2004 and won their third straight in 2006. The University of Central Florida regained the championship in 2007 when UK finished in third place. But the next year, UK came home with their 16th title. The University of Alabama broke Kentucky's win streak in 2011. But the next year, UK came home with their 19th title. In 2013, The University of Memphis defeated UK. For the first time in cheerleading history, UK did not repeat their title. UK's most recent victory was in 2014.

The UK Cheer Program is recognized in cheerleading circles as perhaps the finest cheer program in America as the squad has placed first 20 times and placed second six times in the National Championships. The squad also generates vocal support and significant enthusiasm for some of the finest athletic programs in the nation. The Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team is the winningest college basketball program in the nation and has won the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship eight times. In December 2009, the Kentucky Wildcats football team made its fourth consecutive bowl appearance.

The squad receives substantial media exposure. Having finished in the top ten every year since the existence of the UCA National College Championships, each year the UK squad is seen on the ESPN-televised Championships Program, which airs at least eight times nationally.

The squad is frequently the subject of highlight stories by television and radio stations and newspapers. The squad has been featured on the CBS Evening News, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung, and the CBS Morning Show, and in the magazines Southern Living, GQ, ESPN The Magazine, and Seventeen.

The cheerleaders once performed at the half time of the Denver Nuggets (formerly coached by UK graduate, Dan Issel) and the Miami Heat (coached by UK graduate, Pat Riley) game.

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.