Indiana State’s cheer team are proud ambassadors for the university and surrounding communities.

The cheer team, led by Coach Tammy Shike, supports ISU’s athletic events on campus and in the Terre Haute community.

The tryout process begins in January or February of each year. To become a part of the organization, applicants are asked to provide two letters of recommendation, a written application, a headshot and a video demonstrating a well-executed standing back handspring, standing back tuck, round-off back handspring back tuck, jumps and stunting. Male applicants are not required to tumble in their video, though it is preferred. Shike then chooses who comes to campus for an in-person tryout.

Once the team has been selected, they begin preparing for the fall sports season as early as a week before Move-In Day. From there, the team practices twice a week.

The cheer team also actively volunteers around the Terre Haute community. “Their community service work has been very important to the teams,” Shike said.

The team has received national recognition for working closely with Special Olympics Indiana and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a nationwide fundraising event for breast cancer awareness.

Shike embraces the team’s gradual improvement over the past years. She believes every practice brings forth notable progression for the teams. “That is a great source of pride not only to me but to the team,” Shike said.