Cheer Team Defends National Title

The SJSU Cheerleading team will defend its national title at the United Spirit Association Collegiate Championships on March 22 and 23 in the Anaheim Convention Center.

They’ll compete against a dozen schools from across the country in a category for four-year colleges with co-ed teams including no more than four men.

Now more than ever, cheerleading routines require a great deal of strength and agility. The 22 women and two men bring to SJSU’s squad a wide range of experiences, from soccer to marching band.

What do they have in common? A strong desire to compete and win, said Coach Kelvin Lam, now in his fourth year with the Spartans. Of course it’s about much more than a trophy.

“In the bigger picture, it’s about self discovery, including learning your weaknesses and strengths,” Lam said. “This is another opportunity to help our students grow.”

Follow the team’s progress on Facebook.