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MSU Co-Ed Cheerleading

MSU Co-Ed Cheerleading


Cheerleading is an activity that most associate
with young women but on a collegiate level the ranks are often filled with young men
too and Murray State University is following that trend. For the first time in 8 years,
Murray State has a co-ed cheerleading squad, as these four young men have joined the team.
This is a dream come true for cheerleading coach Canup. I have been the cheer coach here for this
is my third year. Whenever I first hired on it was just all girl and that was kind of
what I wanted was to go co-ed because when I was here and I cheered here it was co-ed
so I wanted to try to get co-ed back. Whenever you think of college, you know, you think
of co-ed. So I talked to the athletic department, Allen Ward, so we had to have four guys to
try out in order to be co-ed and I had four guys, so it worked out perfect. The girls were just as pleased as their coach
about these boys joining their squad. The boys attitudes, in particular, have made them
a real part of the team. They bring a lot of enthusiasm to the team
and they all have really good attitudes and they’re very willing to try anything and everything
to better the squad, to better the team as a whole. It doesn’t hurt that the boys are fast learners. Stunt-wise, whenever they came in, the only
one that had experience was Darryl and he was the only one that had stunting experience,
tumbling experience, anything. And in order for them to try out, they had to have “toss
hands” and that’s when they just toss their girl up to here and none of them had that
and we just kept practicing. They all got it in a week, in a weeks time, so it was like
perfect. Try out time, one of the guys, Chantry, he has not even hit “toss hands” and at try
outs, during try outs he hit toss hands. So they have really improved, they’ve really
came a long way. Each of the young men have their own reasons
for joining the team and even though they have to sit down during the games, all of
them are more than happy to be where they are. I wanted to join the squad just to be able
to represent Murray and just have an awesome opportunity to do that through cheer and I
had always just kind of joked around with my friends that I wanted to cheer and then,
they said that they were accepting guys this year so I just thought I’d go out for it and
it’s been a lot more than I expected in a great way. It’s been a great way to just have
fun and represent Murray State. These guys are making a huge difference among
their teammates and helping them bring their cheering to the next level. Having guys on the team definitely gives us
more of an edge. We were the only cheer team in OVC who didn’t have guys and when we got
to OVC last year, we kind of realized, we needed that little extra muscle power to get
it up and now that we have them practices are a lot more different, like we have a lot
more stuff that we can do and try and definitely a lot more stunts that we’re getting. The boys bring key strength to the squad,
when it comes to the cheering side. Most of the time we stunt all girls, so we
have, it usually takes around four girls and when we do co-ed stunt, we have one guy one
girl. So we have a lot more people free to do more stunts and they have a lot more strength,
so we can do more basket tosses, more difficult pyramids, especially because they have more
strength. But they also bring a lot in the way of team
spirit. Just coming to practice and know that when
things get stressful. There’s always going to be one of them goofing off to like help
lighten up the mood and just enjoy being around them. These boys love their school and are excited
to cheer it on. Just getting to work with everyone in practice
and hang out, but more than that probably the basket ball games. I love Murray
State Basketball, so getting able to sit on the floor for that is just an incredible rush.
I’m excited to see how we do this year, and be able to cheer them on. Overall, everyone is happy to see these young
men join the Murray State cheerleading squad.

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