By Cameron Doherty
(ISN) – The Thompson Rivers University Cheerleading team is the most community involved cheer team in all of Western Canada according to the B.C Cheer Association. The 29-person squad has combined volunteering at community events, cheering at WolfPack games and participating in cheerleading competitions to compile one of the busiest schedules of any athletic team at TRU.
During the course of the eight month school schedule the team is planning to attend an impressive 27 community events, although that number may rise as they will often agree to volunteer at events on short notice. With certain months being harder to find times when the team is available, such as during exams or when the majority of the team makes it way home for the holidays, most of these community events take place over the course of five months.
This means that the squad averages five community events per month during their busy season. Community events and game day captain Nikki Fredrikson points to a willingness to give back to the community as the main reason for the squads community involvement, “Giving back to the community that supports our team is extremely important to us. It gives us the opportunity to not only showcase our sport but also gives us the chance to give back and inspire future generations to get involved as well.”
There can be no doubt that the combination of athleticism, school spirit, and community involvement makes the TRU WolfPack Cheerleading squad unique, among not only the teams at TRU but also in the wider realm of Western Canada. And of course all of this volunteering is done with a smile on their face, “As I tell my team a smile can make a huge difference, by volunteering as much as we do we have the chance to brighten so many people’s days.”, says Fredrikson.
This is the eighth year that TRU has had a Cheerleading team and the fourth year that they have competed at the collegiate level.