The Florida A&M University cheerleading team will be hosting tryouts for the 2016-2017 season Friday, April 15 – Sunday, April 17 in Gaither Gymnasium.
The process begins Friday with registration being held from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The applicants will then be released and will return the following morning to learn the material for tryouts.
Spectators are welcome to attend on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to support their friends as they learn the routines and skills needed for the actual tryout on Sunday.
Head Coach Brandi Tatum, assisted with creating this extensive tryout process to ensure that the best athletes are selected to represent the program next season.
“We are expecting bigger and better this upcoming year. The FAMU Cheerleaders not only plan to dominate the MEAC but to also place at the NCA (National Cheerleaders Association) next April,” said Tatum.
The FAMU cheerleading team requires year-long commitment. The team cheers during both football and basketball seasons, and competes in March at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s Cheerleading Championship held in Norfolk, Va.
This year, the team took home the Grand Title, placing first in the MEAC.
Nyeja Warner, a third-year public relations student from Atlanta, Ga., plans on going into her final year cheering with high expectations for next season.
“I’m really excited to see how this next year will unfold. This being my last year, I can’t wait to have another great season and go to Norfolk to win this 2 peat,” said Warner.
Courtni Smith, a second-year health leisure student from Mt. Myers, shares this anticipation, and hopes that the new members come well-equipped.
“I hope that the girls trying out come with a lot of new skills and fresh personalities and those that actually make the team are prepared for a ton of hard work next year because we’re playing no games,” said Smith.
Those who are interested in trying out can receive information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or texting FAMUcheer to 555888.