The Citadel looking for cheerleaders for football games

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Jun 26, 2014 6:31 PM EDT
By Ray Rivera
The Charleston Post and Courier

Get your pom poms and mega phones ready! The Citadel is looking for cheerleaders. The school wants to enhance the game day experience for its fans and cadets. The Bulldogs’ have six home football games this fall and they want cheerleaders for those games. They’re looking for current cadets, graduate students as well as interested locals with cheerleading experience. Both men and woman are encouraged to apply.

The Citadel released the following statement information on Thursday: The Citadel’s Department of Athletics has enlisted the support The Stray Dog Society to develop, recruit and train a cheerleading team to enhance the game-day experience for fans and cadets during the Bulldogs’ six home football games this fall. The team will include current cadets and graduate school students as well as interested locals with cheerleading and public relations experience. With plans to have eight-to-12 individuals (both men and women) participating, the cheerleaders will be directly involved with the promotion of Citadel Football in addition to adding spirit at the home games, which begin on Saturday, August 30, when Coastal Carolina comes to Johnson Hagood Stadium for the first time. Kickoff is set for 6 pm.

The Citadel had sponsored cheerleaders for many years and most recently had a “spirit squad” of cadets only. “We are appreciative of The Stray Dog Society for stepping up and again show a willingness to assist,” said Interim Athletics Director Rob Acunto. “We had a situation with our cheerleaders that simply wasn’t ideal and were searching ways in which to improve it when the Stray Dog Society came along. We very much like the potential with this unique partnership.” “We’re happy to help,” said Stray Dog Society founder and president Joe Nuttall ’68. “The Stray Dog Society is positioned to help our beloved college in a multitude of areas, and we think this will help significantly with the spirit at our home football games. “While the cheerleaders’ primary focus will be on the football games, they will also be positioned to help the Department of Athletics with a multitude of opportunities,” Nuttall added.

With soon-to-be-designed uniforms provided by the Department of Athletics, the group will be led by Stephanie Slan ’08, who will be responsible for recruiting, training and coaching the squad. Slan, a native of Wadmalaw Island, was a Citadel cheerleader from 2004-08 and is currently a clinical research coordinator at the Medical University of South Carolina.

For more information and to coordinate an interview and audition, please contact Slan at slan.stephanie@gmail.com

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