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.”