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UGA Cheerleading History

Cheerleading at UGA, as at other institutions, just happened. It was spontaneous. When teams challenged each other, spectators showed up and naturally cheered their favorites.

Historic records show that intercollegiate sports began on the University of Georgia campus in the early 1890’s. Baseball was first and football followed soon after in 1892.

Mercer was the first gridiron opponent. Georgia won that game in Athens and then took on Auburn in Atlanta in what has become the oldest continuing series in the South.

An account of that first game in the college yearbook for 1892 refers to the yelling and chanting of the spectators and identifies Bob Gantt as a leader in urging the fans to support the team. The article claims “the college yells did almost as much to win the game as the fine playing of the team.”

The report says Gantt came to the game with a mascot –a goat with red and black ribbons. Gantt, from Athens, was a member of the class of 1893. He is the first documented cheerleader for UGA.

Soon, cheerleaders were selected by the student body in special elections. Women were added to the spirit squads after their admittance in the twenties. This method of selection continued until the late forties when a system of try-outs was introduced.

Candidates were invited to public try-outs where special judges narrowed the number of candidates to a smaller number from which the final cheerleaders were named. Judges were enlisted from a pool of professors, campus leaders, coaches, and former cheerleaders.

In the early days, cheers were submitted by classes, clubs, and students. Popular cheers survived the years along with chants and songs. In 1943, a book of these old cheers was published by the University of Georgia Press called “Georgia Songs and Yells.”

Through the years the cheerleading program was overseen by a coach or athletic staff member appointed by the football coach or athletic director. Two notable cheerleader “coaches” were Dan Magill in the 40’s and 50’s who was followed by Mike Castronis who served until his health failed in the mid 80’s.

A Cheerleaders alumni Association was organized in 1970 and former spirit leaders were invited back to campus for Homecoming and invited to cheer during the game. The alumni group has officers and is supportive of the current program which is now headed up by a Cheerleading coach who oversees each aspect of cheerleading.

 



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GAMEDAY CENTRAL

  • Friday, Aug 21
    7:00 PM
    at High Point
    High Point, N.C.
    Saturday, Aug 15
    7:00 PM
    vs Furman Exhibition
    Athens, Ga.
  • Friday, May 6
    7:00 PM
    vs Ole Miss
    Athens, Ga.
    Friday, May 6
    7:30 PM
    at Alabama
    Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    Friday, May 6
    3rd (285-284=569)
    vs NCAA Regional
    Traditions Club (Bryan, Texas)
    Saturday, May 7
    2:00 PM
    vs Ole Miss
    Athens, Ga.
    Saturday, May 7
    12:00 PM
    at Alabama
    Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    Saturday, May 7
    All Day
    vs NCAA Regional
    Traditions Club (Bryan, Texas)
    Sunday, May 8
    1:00 PM
    vs Ole Miss
    Athens, Ga.
    Sunday, May 8
    2:00 PM
    at Alabama
    Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    Wednesday, May 11
    6:00 PM
    vs Western Carolina
    Athens, Ga.
    Wednesday, May 11
    TBA
    vs SEC Tournament
    Starkville, Miss.
    Thursday, May 12
    All Day
    at SEC Outdoor Championships
    Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    Friday, May 13
    7:00 PM
    at Missouri
    Columbia, Mo.
    Friday, May 13
    4:00 PM
    vs North Florida
    Athens, Ga.
    Friday, May 13
    All Day
    at SEC Outdoor Championships
    Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    Saturday, May 14
    3:00 PM
    at Missouri
    Columbia, Mo.
    Saturday, May 14
    1:00 PM
    vs South Carolina State
    Athens, Ga.
    Saturday, May 14
    4:00 PM
    vs Wake Forest/Baylor
    Athens, Ga.
    Saturday, May 14
    All Day
    at SEC Outdoor Championships
    Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    Sunday, May 15
    2:00 PM
    at Missouri
    Columbia, Mo.
    Sunday, May 15
    1:00 PM
    vs Florida State/Baylor
    Athens, Ga.
    Monday, May 16
    All Day
    vs NCAA Regional
    TBA
    Tuesday, May 17
    7:00 PM
    vs Georgia Tech
    Atlanta, Ga. (Turner Field)
    Tuesday, May 17
    All Day
    vs NCAA Regional
    TBA
    Wednesday, May 18
    All Day
    vs NCAA Regional
    TBA
    Thursday, May 19
    7:00 PM
    vs Tennessee
    Athens, Ga.
    Thursday, May 19
    TBA
    vs NCAA Championships Rd. 16-Final
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Friday, May 20
    7:00 PM
    vs Tennessee
    Athens, Ga.
    Friday, May 20
    TBA
    vs NCAA Regionals
    TBA
    Friday, May 20
    TBA
    vs NCAA Round of 16
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Friday, May 20
    All Day
    vs NCAA Championships
    Eugene Country Club (Eugene, Ore.)
    Friday, May 20
    TBA
    vs NCAA Championships Rd. 16-Final
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Saturday, May 21
    All Day
    vs NCAA Championships
    Eugene Country Club (Eugene, Ore.)
    Saturday, May 21
    TBA
    vs NCAA Championships Rd. 16-Final
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Sunday, May 22
    All Day
    vs NCAA Championships
    Eugene Country Club (Eugene, Ore.)
    Sunday, May 22
    TBA
    vs NCAA Championships Rd. 16-Final
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Sunday, May 22
    TBA
    vs NCAA Quarterfinals
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Monday, May 23
    TBA
    vs NCAA Championships Rd. 16-Final
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Monday, May 23
    TBA
    vs NCAA Semifinals
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Monday, May 23
    All Day
    vs NCAA Championships
    Eugene Country Club (Eugene, Ore.)
    Tuesday, May 24
    All Day
    vs NCAA Championships
    Eugene Country Club (Eugene, Ore.)
    Tuesday, May 24
    TBA
    vs NCAA Final
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Tuesday, May 24
    TBA
    vs NCAA Championships Rd. 16-Final
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Wednesday, May 25
    All Day
    vs NCAA Championships
    Eugene Country Club (Eugene, Ore.)
    Wednesday, May 25
    TBA
    vs NCAA Singles & Doubles
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Wednesday, May 25
    TBA
    vs NCAA Singles & Doubles
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Thursday, May 26
    TBA
    vs NCAA Singles & Doubles
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Thursday, May 26
    All Day
    vs NCAA East Preliminary Round
    Jacksonville, Fla.
    Thursday, May 26
    TBA
    vs NCAA Singles & Doubles
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Friday, May 27
    TBA
    vs NCAA Super Regionals
    TBA
    Friday, May 27
    All Day
    vs NCAA Championships
    Eugene, Ore.
    Friday, May 27
    TBA
    vs NCAA Singles & Doubles
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Friday, May 27
    All Day
    vs NCAA East Preliminary Round
    Jacksonville, Fla.
    Saturday, May 28
    All Day
    vs NCAA East Preliminary Round
    Jacksonville, Fla.
    Saturday, May 28
    All Day
    vs NCAA Championships
    Eugene, Ore.
    Saturday, May 28
    TBA
    vs NCAA Singles & Doubles
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Sunday, May 29
    All Day
    vs NCAA Championships
    Eugene, Ore.
    Monday, May 30
    All Day
    vs NCAA Championships
    Eugene, Ore.
    Tuesday, May 31
    All Day
    vs NCAA Championships
    Eugene, Ore.
    Wednesday, June 1
    All Day
    vs NCAA Championships
    Eugene, Ore.
    Thursday, June 2
    TBA
    vs NCAA Womens College World Series
    Oklahoma City, Okla.
    Wednesday, June 8
    All Day
    at NCAA Outdoor Championships
    Eugene, Ore.
    Thursday, June 9
    All Day
    at NCAA Outdoor Championships
    Eugene, Ore.
    Friday, June 10
    All Day
    at NCAA Outdoor Championships
    Eugene, Ore.
    Saturday, June 11
    All Day
    at NCAA Outdoor Championships
    Eugene, Ore.
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