Nov. 19, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, NC -- It's been a busy fall sports season on - and off - the playing fields and courts for Cheer Phi Smoov, Fayetteville State's cheerleading squad.
The team has been involved with several community projects since the new school season began to go along with being an integral part of the athletic experience for Broncos' sports.
A sampling of Cheer Phi Smoov's recent involvement representing Fayetteville State University in and around the community:
Turkey Trot (Nov. 18, 2010) -- The team donated $1 each to buy a 10-pound turkey that Student Activities will donate to the homeless; Entered one team of 4 -- the Cheer Phi Co-ed Track All-Stars, which placed third overall;
Middle School Campus Tour (Nov. 16, 2010) -- Performed and provided general team information and distributed Summer Cheer Camp handouts;
FSU Alumni Picnic (Oct. 22, 2010) - Gave a performance and interacted with alumni;
Early Childhood Learning Center "All-Around the World Fall Festival" (Oct. 28, 2010) - Along with a Miss Bronco appearance, the team danced and interacted with children from the learning center;
Fayetteville Parks & Recreaction Youth Program (Aug. 28, 2010)-- Conducted a Mini-Cheer Camp Session for Little League cheer squads before the Blue/White football scrimmage.
Cheer Phi Smoov head coach Dr. LaWanda Miller
says it is important for the cheerleaders, like all student-athletes, to be cognizant of their role in the community.
"I believe athletics is an integral part of the university's total educational experience," Miller says. "The involvement of students in athletics contributes to the development of the `whole person' and a richer academic curriculum. Athletic participation teaches life lessons, builds greater confidence and self-esteem, and helps students learn how to be competitive yet cooperative, deal with success as well as failure, set goals and order priorities.
"Furthermore, I believe that athletics is a powerful force in creating a sense of community and tradition, pride and ownership, commonality and camaraderie between athletes and non-athletes that could not be had otherwise. I am involved in cheerleading with the ultimate goal of producing well-rounded young ladies and gentlemen who will leave these walls of academe to make a positive impact in the communities they will serve based on their academic and athletic experiences."
Fans can catch Cheer Phi Smoov at most athletic events.