Aug. 5, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio - -
The Ohio University Cheer Team and Mascot recently won several awards at Universal Cheerleaders Association's College Spirit Camp on the campus of the University of Tennessee.
UCA is the leading cheer organization in the world and the Bobcats wowed top instructors from across the country. This marked the first away summer cheer camp Ohio had attended since 2002. The team of 20 members and Head Coach Kristin Hoskinson pulled out of Athens last Friday at 4 a.m. and traveled south to Knoxville to join 22 other universities from all over the eastern United States.
Both the cheerleaders and Rufus received top superior awards for evaluations all weekend. The cheerleaders were awarded first place in the Sideline Competition for the large co-ed division, performing a chant as they would on the sideline of a game; beating schools such as University of Tennessee, Morehead State University, and Miami University of Ohio. The cheer team also received second place in the fight song competition, and third place in the cheer division, performing their traditional Ohio University fight song performed at every Ohio football and basketball game. Rufus received the award for "Most Improved Mascot" and the Bobcats also received the award for "Most up-and-coming program."
During the three-day camp the cheerleaders were trained by 30 of the top college instructors in the country learning new material, stunts and pyramids for the season. While the cheer team was hard at work, the Ohio University mascot, Rufus, was in class learning new moves and tricks for the 2011-2012 season! Rufus interacted and learned from several other mascots across the country. The mascots performed individual two-minute skits for the campers and on the final day performed a fifteen- minute routine for the entire cam. Camp is now a requirement for the mascots, as it is now part of the cheerleading program.
"This was a wonderful experience for both the mascot and cheerleaders, Hoskinson said. "I am very proud of my whole program and the successes they had during camp. I was thrilled to see the improvement of everyone during camp and look forward to a wonderful season ahead!"