The University of Central Oklahoma’s cheer squad captured its third consecutive Division II STUNT National Championship March 23 at Oklahoma City University’s Abe Lemons Arena after defeating Michigan’s Davenport University, 26-24.
STUNT is a competitive team sport derived from cheerleading. It removes the crowd-leading element and focuses on the technical and athletic components.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our team. They have been working extremely hard all year in preparation for STUNT,” said Kay Robinson, director of Campus Activities at Central.
“I cried when they won because I was happy, but also because I know just how much literal blood, sweat and tears they put in at every practice to win three back-to-back national championships.”
STUNT is part of the NCAA Emerging Sport initiative, which requires a sport to provide additional athletic opportunities for female students, involve physical exertion with the purpose of competition, have standardized rules with a scoring system ratified by a governing body and have regularly scheduled competitions.
STUNT is now in its third year in Division II. The UCO squad is coached by Austin Robles and assisted by Desiree Maw.
TO LEARN more about UCO Cheer, visit www.uco.edu/student-life/cae/spirit/cheer.asp.