Students who try out for Auburn Cheerleading are trying out for more than a chance to cheer on the field and on the court year-round. They are trying out to become a part of a group that values the community and represents the spirit of Auburn.
Tryouts for Auburn University Cheerleading will be held on Sunday, April 14-Tuesday, April 16. After weeks of preparation and two rounds of tryouts, 10 females, 10 males and one mic-man will be selected to join the 2013-2014 squad.
The tryout process consists of eight clinics, held between March 3 and April 13, a mandatory meeting and walk-through on April 14 and a technical skills audition on April 15. Those who make it through the technical skills round will have an interview on April 16. The announcement of the 2013-2014 cheerleaders will be made at Callouts at Cater Hall at 7 p.m.
Francie Harris, a sophomore cheerleader, says that at the clinics, those interested in trying out can come learn cheers, a band song and “the Auburn style of cheerleading.”
“The interview is a very important part of the process because a large part of what we do is interact with alumni and people in the Auburn community,” said junior Mary Grace Downs, a second-year cheerleader. “It is very important for Auburn cheerleaders to have high standards and to carry themselves in a way that will always make Auburn University look good.”
For Downs, Auburn Cheerleading was something she dreamed of being a part of since she was a little girl. Now that she has been on the squad for two years, she knows that being an Auburn Cheerleader is about being involved in the community just as much as it is about cheering for our teams.
Downs says that beyond cheering at the different sporting events, Auburn Cheerleading has allowed her to participate in various campus fundraisers and become active in the Lee County community.
“A lot of people don’t know that Auburn Cheerleaders make appearances every week to nursing homes and day cares,” said Francie Harris, a sophomore cheerleader. “Bringing Auburn to people in the community has meant a lot to me.”
Downs says that the appearances are something she looks forward to every week.
“My favorite appearances are always at the elementary school,” Downs said. “The children get so excited to see the cheerleaders and Aubie. It makes me so happy to be able to put a smile on these kids’ faces.”
Those interested in trying out for Auburn Cheerleading should visit http://www.auburn.edu/student_info/cheerleaders/tryout.html to view a full list of requirements and additional information.
“Our passion and energy day in and day out exemplify the Auburn student body as a whole,” Downs said. “One community with an endless love and passion for Auburn University.”