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GCU Cheer team captures 1st national championship

April 29, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Cheer team made history in Florida on Wednesday, winning its division in the Universal Cheerleading Association College Nationals. It was the first national championship for a GCU Cheer team known for its energy and high-flying stunts at GCU sporting events. “I think this is a great benchmark of excellence of how GCU is always on the rise. Even through a pandemic, we are making huge strides,” said first-year coach Keegan Hubbard.

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Cheer team’s victories go beyond the competition

August 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

  By Theresa Smith GCU News Bureau Just for a moment, forget about winning the top award in every category and focus on the outcome that does not appear in the official results. After days of driving the Grand Canyon University Cheer team, including consecutive mornings of listening to their daily devotionals, witnessing their approach to each other, and seeing their evident love amid catching each other with sure hands and an authentic smile, the bus driver was profoundly affected. GCU Cheer coach Emily Stephens, who began the program 11 years ago, was brought to tears when Dean, the bus driver, took her aside and told her that he was thinking about returning to church, and the deciding factor was his observations of her 49-member cheer team, plus Thunder and Thunder’s friends. “It was the most exciting thing for us,’’ she said upon returning from the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) camp at the University of California-Santa Barbara. “He said he felt a spirit coming up from the front of the bus. The fact that the group could show him that love and that spirit and represent Christ is remarkable. For him to feel that and make that decision after being […]

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