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First Bell: Spirit squads seek Junior Firebirds, Little Lions to support football teams; Ball Hawks sought for women’s hoops at KU

September 30, 2011


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The spirit squads at Free State and Lawrence high schools are looking to help youngsters cheer on football teams from the city’s two public high schools next month.

The squads are conducting separate clinics Oct. 16, for kids to learn “a combination of chants, cheers and dance instruction” and to perform at a football game Oct. 21.

The Free State clinic is open to all children in preschool through sixth grade; at Lawrence High, it’s for kids in preschool through seventh grade.

Both events are being marketed to “all children,” with no mention of having to live on a particular side of Bob Billings Parkway. But in case anyone’s wondering, high schoolers living north of the road attend Free State, while those residing to the south attend Lawrence High.

In any case, each clinic costs $30, and participants will receive a T-shirt and pompoms.

Details for each event:

• Little Lion Spirit Clinic, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (registration at 12:30 p.m.) Oct. 16 in the main gym at Lawrence High School, 1901 La. Walk-ins welcome, and limited partial scholarships are available. Participants will perform between the first and second quarters of the Lions’ home game against Olathe Northwest. Contact: Gwen Wedd, 330-4728.

• Junior Firebirds Cheer Clinic, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (registration at 2:30 p.m.) Oct. 16 in the gym at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive. Walk-ins welcome. Participants will perform during the first half of the Firebirds’ home game against Olathe North. Contact: Loralea Wood,


Kids looking to step up their games to support the women’s basketball program and team at Kansas University can apply to become Ball Hawks.

The Ball Hawks program — open to students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades — is for youngsters willing to help handle balls, sweep the floor and assist officials during KU home games.

Ball Hawks get a chance to be near the tunnel during the Jayhawks’ entrance, join them on James Naismith Court during the national anthem, and then visit with the team after each game.

Three Ball Hawks work during each game. The application deadline is Oct. 14 for a limited number of spaces in the club.

From the application: “If you love the game of basketball, want to experience the tradition of KU basketball in Allen Fieldhouse and want to become a part of the exciting future of women’s basketball, become a Ball Hawk!”

Again, this is for the women’s basketball games. I don’t know what the process is for men’s games, but rest assured: This is a completely different group.

Questions? Email Amanda Leland,


kef104 6 years, 6 months ago

Let me understand this, we need youngsters to shave our teams, ie shear them? While that might be cool, are not they a little young for the required state license? I bet we need to change that first word to cheer.

mfagan 6 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the edit, kef104. No need to bet on that one. "Cheer" it is. - Mark Fagan, Schools reporter

Amy Bartle 6 years, 6 months ago

Correction to your article: The Free State Clinic is open to children in preschool through 6th grade. So children younger than kindergarten may participate.

Amy Bartle 6 years, 6 months ago

Correction to your article: The Free State Clinic is open to children in preschool through 6th grade. So children younger than kindergarten may participate.

mfagan 6 years, 6 months ago

Yikes. Didn't do so well today. You're absolutely correct: preschool through sixth grade at Free State, preschool through seventh at Lawrence High. Thanks for edit. I do know this: I did post the correct forms to download, to sign up for the events. Hope a bunch of spirited youngsters turn out...

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