Cheerleading at Penn State Hazleton runs throughout the academic year, ending with the annual sports banquet in April where awards are given for academic merit, perfect attendance and a Most Valuable Cheerleader of the Year.
Men and women are encouraged to try out for the squad which cheers mainly for basketball (November – March). Fans respond enthusiastically to traditional chants, especially when the Nittany Lion is on hand to excite the crowd.
Penn State Hazleton Cheerleaders also participate in community activities, such as a local pep rallies, judging for the American Cancer Society, and performing at the campus Community Day and Hazleton’s Funfest. The cheerleaders also raise funds within the community through candle sales, car washes, basketball hoop-shoot contests, clothing sales and various other types of fundraisers. Ask a cheerleader what fundraiser is going on now!
Working hard to achieve goals, having fun, and making lifelong friends is what the college cheerleading experience at Penn State Hazleton is all about.
Tryouts for the 2013-2014 team will be held in September. Check the campus blue screen for updates.
Our team is currently rebuilding. There are no specific skill requirements to tryout for the squad. Our focus right now is commitment to the team, a great attitude and willingness to try new things. It is extremely important that you are able to work with others and have a positive attitude and open mind. Our focus is to support the athletic programs and promote Penn State Pride throughout the campus and community! Whether you cheered on a nationally competitive high school team or a local spirit squad, come on out and see what Penn State Hazleton Cheerleading has to offer!
Requirements to be a cheerleader:
- Standing backhandspring
- Running tumbling pass
- Toe touch
- Top, base or back a heel stretch double down
- Top, base or back a shoulder stand
Requirements for alternates may vary. You are strongly encouraged to tryout for the squad even if you are not able to complete all the required skills. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Please note - Cheerleaders who make the squad are obligated to a year round commitment to the squad. At any time this commitment is broken the participant will be removed from the squad.