On January 12, 2002 in Orlando, Florida, the University of Kentucky cheerleading squad won the Universal Cheerleaders Association's (UCA's) National College Cheerleading Championship for NCAA Division 1-A schools.
The UK squad has won UCA's National College Cheerleading Championship an unprecedented twelve (12) times, in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002, more than any other Division 1-A school. UK's squad is the only team to win back to back championships twice, once in 1987 and 1988 and again in 1995 and 1996. Further UK is the only squad ever to win three, four, five, six, seven and now eight championships in a row.
The UK Cheer Program is recognized in cheerleading circles as perhaps the finest cheer program in America as the squad has placed first eleven times and placed second four times in the National Championships. The squad also generates vocal support and significant enthusiasm for some of the finest athletic programs in the nation. The Wildcat basketball team is the winningest college basketball program in the nation and has won the NCAA National Championship two out of the last five years and seven times over all! In December, 1999, the Wildcat football team made it second consecutive bowl appearance.
The squad receives substantial media exposure. Having finished in the top ten every year since the existence of the UCA National College Championships, each year the UK squad is seen on the ESPN-televised Championships Program, which airs at least eight time nationally. In addition, the UK squad is seen on television as every UK basketball game is televised; a national or regional audience sees the majority of games. The squad is frequently the subject of highlight stories by television and radio stations and newspapers. The squad has been featured on the "CBS Evening News," Connie Chung's "Eye to Eye," and the "CBS Morning Show", in "Southern Living" and "Gentlemen's Quarterly," "ESPN the Magazine," and "Seventeen" magazines. The cheerleaders regularly attend University Athletics Association and Alumni Association functions. They represent the University at many charitable and public relations' events. The cheerleaders have performed at the half-time of the Nuggets (coached by UK graduate, Dan Issel) and the Miami Heat (coached by UK graduate, Pat Riley) game and then appeared at the Denver-UK Alumni Club function.
On the UK campus, UK cheerleaders are recognized as some of the finest athletes in the University's sports programs, as intelligent and out going students in the classroom, and as public relations ambassadors of the University of Kentucky and the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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