The GW Spirit Program is comprised of our nationally competitive co-ed cheer team, First Ladies dance team and mascot squad. These teams work together to support all of our GW Athletics 27 Varsity sports and the greater George Washington University community. The Spirit Program performs at men's and women's home basketball games and interacts with Colonials fans to make sure the Buff & Blue always have the Monumental Home Court Advantage.

Tryouts are held in both September and April and all incoming freshmen, transfer students, and current GW students in good academic standing are eligible to attend either tryout. The Spirit Program is committed to entertaining Colonials fans and promoting school spirit across campus.

About the GW Cheer Team

The GW Cheer Team consists of 16-20 members with backgrounds in cheer, dance and tumbling/gymnastics. The team performs at all Men's and Women's home basketball games, travels with the teams during March Madness, and participates in community and campus-wide events.

The GW Cheer Team proudly supports GW Athletics alongside GW First Ladies Dance, Colonial Brass, and our mascot George, and is committed to fostering Colonial Spirit across campus and in the DC Area. Tryouts are held once per year in September for incoming freshmen, transfer students, and all current GW students. The team practices at 2-3 times a week. For more information about the GW Cheer Team, email Coach Robert Bell at

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Fall Tryouts for the 2016-2017 GW Cheer Team will be held on Thursday, September 8th from 7:00-10:00pm in the Charles E Smith Center. Tryouts are open to all-incoming and current GW Students in good academic standing.

Tryout Process and Schedule

Tryouts are closed to the public (this includes family, friends, and former team members)

Cheer Team Info Session will be held Aug 30 th at 6pm in the Charles E. Smith Center.

Open Practices will be Aug 30th , Sept 1st and Sept 6th. Please plan to attend 1-2 practices to learn material and the format for tryouts.

Tryouts will be held the evening of Sept 8th , 7-9 pm in the Charles E. Smith Center.
Tryouts will consist of performing the GW Fight song, a dance, a selected GW traditional cheer & chant, and tumbling. In addition, candidates will work together to perform coed/all-girl stunting.

The final selected team will be announced at the end the evening.

All new team members are required to attend a mandatory GW Spirit team meeting which will be TBD.

Females: Dark Colored Tank, Sports Bra, Fitted Shorts, Cheer Shoes. Hair should be ½ up ½ down and some makeup should be worn.

Males: Dark Colored T-Shirt, Dark Shorts, well groomed.

All: No jewelry of any kind to include rings, piercings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.

Please email with any questions! If you are interested in trying out, but are unable to attend, please email Coach Robert Bell at

Please visit our Facebook page for the most up to date tryout information!

Additional Info: Practices are generally held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays evenings. All members of the GW Cheer team are required to attend all practices, all Men's and Women's home Basketball game, and any scheduled appearances on and off campus.