Cheer, Dance, and now Color Guard: A trifecta of Quaker Spirit


Ashley Fox

Staff Writer

Two major sports at Wilmington College are supported by the school’s Spirit Unit. Cheer peps up the crowd at home football games while the dance team puts on a half-time show at home Men’s basketball games. These are two seasons back-to-back of school spirit: getting the crowds involvement and support for the Fighting Quakers.

However, for this school season the team is unveiling something new for the college. A color guard team has been added as a new component of the Spirit Unit. Andrew E. Hall, a freshman from Clinton Massie is the head captain for this new team. As he has pursued it for two years and also helps teach color guard back at Massie, he was the perfect candidate for building up a new team. “I hope to show everybody something they might not have seen in their high schools and show them what color guard is all about” enthused Hall.

The spotlight is not only on the new color guard team but also the cheer and dance teams as well. Cheer has become an all-girl team this year and aspires to go and win a Nationals title as their supportive dancers did so last season. “This is the first time in 7 years that I have coached an all-girl team. It is very refreshing, especially with the new talent”  Chip Dillon, Spirit Unit Head coach, expressed. Dillon’s goals for the season is that he hopes that both cheer and dance receive National Championships at competition in February. Dance team has the expectation of winning championship again to fulfill. However, the teams outlook on the new season seems to be all enthusiasm. “I am really excited about the new freshman combined with the co-captains and returners on the dance team. The new talent with the returning talent and the enthusiasm everyone has is just so refreshing” raved Assistant Coach, Jim Wilson. He acknowledged that they will be performing at all home games for the Mens basketball team this year.

All three teams are planning to come together to show the college what they are bringing to the table for this season at the last home football game in November. They are in the process of choreographing their performances to Applause by Lady Gaga. The Spirit Unit hopes to show everyone what they are all about this year- boosting school spirit and morale in the fun and exciting “Green and White” enthusiasm that supports our Fightin’ Quakers.

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