The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Cheer and Stunt team recently secured its fifth state championship at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches (WACPC).
How it happened: The event, held Feb. 25 at Oshkosh Arena, brought together more than 100 junior varsity, varsity and college teams from across the state. The win marks five state championships since the club launched in 2014—most among UW System schools.
▪️ Jennifer Verbockel, a junior accounting and human resources management major and club president the past two years, said she’s proud to be a part of the club, which doesn’t have a proper coach and is run by the students themselves. As president, her responsibilities include choreography and coaching duties, plus administrative tasks.
“My favorite part about our team is how much work our students do to run this club,” Verbockel said. “I am so proud that as a sports club run by students that we were able to be WACPC state champions!”
Background: The Cheer and Stunt team is one of more than a dozen student-run sport clubs at UW Oshkosh. The volunteer clubs are created by groups of students sharing a common interest in a sport and include bowling, dance, hockey, ultimate frisbee and volleyball.
What’s next: Now that the 2022-23 season has wrapped, the Cheer and Stunt team is already looking ahead. There are open gyms planned leading up to tryouts on April 22.
Parting words: “The cheer club truly exemplifies what it a club sports team is all about through commitment to inclusion, excellence and positively representing the University,” said Nik Sandona, competitive sports coordinator at UWO.