HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University Competitive Cheer hosted the first event in program history, an Inaugural Exhibition, before a capacity crowd at Quinnipiac's Burt Kahn Court on the Mt. Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn.
The night began with the introduction of the Bobcats' coaching staff, led by head coach Mary Ann Powers. Powers has guided the Quinnipiac Cheer program for the past 11 seasons and is the first coach in Competitive Cheer history. Her assistants Marie Kashuba, who also served as the emcee for the program, and Cheryl Thomas, as well as volunteer assistant Toni Corvi, were all on hand.
Following the introduction of the Bobcats' coaching staff, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held with Powers, captains Stephanie Colella (Hamden, Conn.) and Alicia Chouinard (Hudson, N.H.) as well as Director of Athletics Jack McDonald and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Mark Thompson.
Public address announcer Steve Blumenthal then introduced the Bobcats followed by the National Anthem sung by Jenna Dower, a member of the USA Wildcat competitive cheer team. Powers then addressed the crowd, which packed the seats behind the Bobcats' bench.
After a brief exhibition by the Bobcats on Competitive Cheer format, two youth groups, CT Spirit and USA Wildcats, performed their competition routines. Quinnipiac Dance Fusion and Dance Company also performed, capped off by a performance by Oxford High School Cheer.
The intercollegiate exhibition followed with performances by Westfield State University and lastly the Quinnipiac Competitive Cheer team who performed its traditional routine.
The Bobcats first official competition will be on Saturday, Dec. 5 when they travel to Hartford, Conn. to take place in the Spirit Unlimited Competition at the Connecticut Convention Center at 1:10 p.m.