Cheer squad performs at UCLA halftime show

Yellowjackets join cheer teams from across Southern California to show spirit in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month


Courtesy Colton Cheer

The Colton Cheer Team took part in a Spirit Day at the UCLA football game against South Alabama on September 17.

Pasadena, CA—After cheering on the Colton football team Friday night, Colton Cheer had an early morning arrival at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California to participate in the UCLA football game halftime show.

The event was hosted by Varsity Spirit, the most prominent cheer organization in the world, as part of their Spirit Days program. Similar events were also held at college football games across the country on Saturday.

For many on the squad, it was the biggest event they had ever performed at. Freshman Yesenia Nuñez expressed, “This is my first year as a JV cheerleader and we haven’t cheered at any games yet, so this is a new thing for me. Now I can see what a real game ismaybe when I get older I can be a cheerleader like this!”

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, UCLA’s week 3 game against South Alabama was themed “The Los Bruins Game.” UCLA also featured Mariachi de Uclatán, a student music group sponsored by UCLA’s department of ethnomusicology, who played alongside the school’s marching band.

Both Varsity and JV teams arrived at 6 in the morning at the Brookside Park baseball fields near the Rose Bowl to begin early rehearsals. The cheerleaders lined up alongside many other schools, ranging from as far as Mayfair High School in Lakewood to as close as San Bernardino High School.

The teams truly got the full experience from eating tailgate food to yelling UCLA chants during the first quarter while awaiting their performance. Many of the cheerleaders were mesmerized by the UCLA and South Alabama cheerleaders more than the actual game! Junior and second year cheerleader Johanna Ruiz said, “Their confidence and tricks just took my attention away.”

A game, however, was played. UCLA defeated South Alabama 32-31 in a nailbiter to go 3-0 on their 2022 college football season.