Beginning this fall, the Sun Devil Stunt Team has provided girls the opportunity to continue the technical aspects of cheerleading. Stunt is separate from cheer as the stunt teams only participate in the skilled aspects such as stunts, tumbling and jumps. They compete against other teams at the same time in a dual to see which team can execute the routine the best. The ASU team will start competitions in the new year.
Madeleine Korn [00:04]: My name is Madeleine Korn and I am president of the Sun Devil Stunt Team.
I started the club over the summer, basically all by myself, and then I got it approved to be a club sport at ASU over the summer as well. We basically publicized it a lot like on social media and stuff like that and we got around thirty girls to join and try out. The students do almost everything like we figure out funds like how much money we want to spend on stuff like that and the coach's role is just to coach us.
Amanda Slee [00:34]: My name is Amanda Slee and I am the social activities manager.
So as a team, we do stunts, tumbling and jumps which is a little different than an all inclusive cheer team where they would do dances and they would do kind of like ra-ra, so we just focus more on the skills of cheerleading.
Coming to ASU, I didn't really do anything until I found out about this team which is kind of my speed because I like to do more of the skills of cheer.
Right now in this semester, we are just basically practicing and learning the routines. Competitions typically start in the spring so around January-February is when the first competitions start. For our team specifically since we are a newer team and we are still learning and getting up to speed, we're probably not going to start competitions until a little later in the semester, but we are going to do around three competitions.
I feel it's important because I feel like a lot of people need that outside activity to kind of bond them to campus and find more people on campus, kind of get your group, find your people, find your niche type of thing. It also gives us a good workout and gets us to do what we love which, coming to college, not everybody continues cheer, but they want to, but there's not always that opportunity. So I feel like having this new team kind of allows all those girls that didn't get that chance before to come and do cheer now.