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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Monday, April 4 2017) – Tryouts for 2017-2018 University of Tennessee Spirit Teams have been tentatively set for the following dates: Dance Team – April 21-23, Cheer and Mascot Teams – April 28-30.Tryout applications for Dance Team will be made available on this website April 12. Cheer and Mascot applications will be made available April 19.Please have the following items ready to upload to our online registration system: a casual headshot (not professional), acceptance letter to the University of Tennessee, copy of your most recent academic transcripts, and copy of your health insurance card.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (Monday, Jan. 16 2017) – Cheerleaders, dance team members, and mascots at the University of Tennessee are usually on the sideline cheering for the Volunteers’ athletic teams. But this weekend, roles were reversed as these teams earned cheers from fans and judges alike.
Tennessee Cheerleaders perform their 2017 nationals routine.
Tennessee Spirit Teams competed over the weekend at the 2017 Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association College National Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando. All three components of the Tennessee Spirit Program – cheer, dance, and mascots – advanced to the national championship finals and placed top-10 in the nation. Tennessee was one of only four Division 1A universities in the nation to have all three teams advance to finals, one of only three universities to place top-10 in all three categories, and the only member of the SEC to accomplish this feat.
Smokey, a three time national champion mascot, placed eighth in the nation. The dance team, reigning back-to-back national champions and overall five-time national champion, came up just short of their sixth title with a third-place finish. Tennessee’s cheer team rounded out the weekend placing ninth in the nation for the second year in a row.
Tennessee Dance Team awaits the results of their 2017 nationals competition where they placed 3rd in the nation.
“Advancing to the finals for our program is equivalent to the football team or basketball team ending the season ranked in the top-10,” said Tennessee Spirit Program Coordinator and Cheer Coach Joy Postell-Gee. “To have all three of our teams accomplish this feat, and to be one of only three universities to do so with top-10 finishes is truly an honor and testament to the tradition of excellence we are so proud of at the University of Tennessee.”
There will be little time for the Spirit Teams to celebrate their accomplishments as they return to Knoxville to cheer on the Lady Vols tonight at We Back Pat night.
The UT Spirit Program, comprised of the cheer, dance, and mascot teams, is one of the most successful in the nation. Few programs boast the recognition gained by the Volunteers’ squads under Postell-Gee’s 25 years of leadership including three mascot national championships, five dance team national championships, and the cheer team’s perennial top-10 finish at their nationals competition.
Photo 1: Tennessee Cheerleaders perform their routine at the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s College National Championships.
Photo 2: Tennessee Cheerleaders end their routine at the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s College National Championships.
Photo 3: Tennessee Cheerleaders end their routine at the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s College National Championships.
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Smokey Finishes Top-10 in Nation
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ORLANDO, Fla. (Saturday, Jan. 14 2017) – Smokey has always been top-dog in the eyes of Tennessee fans. Last night the Volunteers’ costumed mascot proved to be a favorite in the eyes of National Championship judges, as well.
The Universal Cheerleaders Association hosted its annual competition where mascots from Division I-A universities competed against each other for the title of Collegiate Mascot National Champion. Smokey, a three-time national champion, entered the event ranked 10th in the nation but was able to improve to eighth in the final rankings.
For Spirit Program Coordinator and Tennessee Cheer and Mascot Coach Joy Postell-Gee, it was a return to excellence that has been the hallmark of Tennessee’s Hall of Fame mascot.
Smokey was recognized as one of the best mascots in the nation at the 2017 UCA College National Championship.
“I am so proud to see Smokey return to the top-10,” Postell-Gee said. “Smokey’s initial outing was in 1994 when former mascot Chris Broyles embraced the challenge to represent University of Tennessee in national competition for the first time. This initial entry earned a runner-up status, and since then the beloved canine has ranked in the top-10 every single year but last year, including the three national championships. So this display of excellence by the current mascot team is truly rewarding.”
Mascots from around the country submitted video footage in the Fall highliting their game day presence, fan involvement, and community service. Each video was judged and only the top-10 mascots were invited to compete for the title of National Champion where they performed a 90-second routine. The scores from the entry video and championship routines were combined to determine the final ranking. Smokey’s routine was a creative journey through the holidays of a calendar year and scored well enough to improve two places from the entry rankings.
Smokey’s long-standing status as one of the best in the nation was even reflected in the judging panel. Former National Champion Smokey, Adam DeVault, is the current Nashville Predator and served as one of the event’s judges.
Goldy Gopher from the University of Minnesota claimed the title of National Champion with SEC foe Aubie from Auburn University taking second place. Aubie was the only SEC mascot to place higher than Smokey. Big Al from Alabama placed 10th. Smokey and Aubie still remain the two SEC powerhouses as the only two mascots from the conference to claim national titles in previous years.
There will be little time for Smokey to celebrate, however, as he returns to the hardwood Monday night to cheer on the Lady Vols at We Back Pat night.
The UT Spirit Program, comprised of the cheer, dance, and mascot teams, is one of the most successful in the nation. Few programs boast the recognition gained by the Volunteers’ squads under Postell-Gee’s 25 years of leadership including three mascot national championships, five dance team national championships, and the cheer team’s perennial top-10 finish at their nationals competition. The cheer and dance teams compete in the national semi-finals later today, with finals slated for tomorrow.
For more information, visit www.utspirit.com.