While it may be common for college cheerleaders to cheer on football teams, not many college cheerleaders can say they cheer for their local NFL football team. Green Bay Phoenix Cheer Team, along with St. Norbert College cheerleaders, are collegiate cheerleaders of the Green Bay Packers, of which UW-Green Bay is a Higher Education Partner. They showed their support for the Packers at a number of pep rallies, and of course, they were present at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Jan. 12 for the Packers play-off win against the Seattle Seahawks. Members of the Cheer Team call it an “amazing opportunity” to cheer for both the Phoenix and the Packers.
“UW-Green Bay Freshmen Shanyce Davis and Jacqulyn Kane and Sophomore Hannah Bunde are Wautoma locals that moved to the city the Packers call home. These ladies are three of the eighteen members of the UW-Green Bay Cheer Team—also known as Green Bay Phoenix—that not only perform at UW-Green Bay sports events, but they also perform at the NFL’s Green Bay Packers’ home games. Being part of this team is competitive, so the fact Wautoma is so highly represented is truly astonishing.” Read the story in the Waushara Argus.
UW-Green Bay student Tyler Brinkman of Sturgeon Bay got a big write-up in his hometown paper, the Door County Advocate, with a story sharing his impressions as a Phoenix cheerleader who, along with his teammates, also got to double as a Packers cheerleader. “Getting to go to the Packers (home) games, you can’t beat that,” said the 6-foot-4, 225-pound former high school football player. One anecdote: Brinkman said he was whipping a Packers flag in a figure-eight pattern when he “clipped” the shoulder of Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who was walking to the locker room to get an injury examined. Perceiving an insult had been added to his injury, Marshall briefly gave Brinkman a boxer’s menacing staredown. To read the story.
Emily Rogers, coordinator of Access Services for the Cofrin Library, was a member of the 2013 Leadership Green Bay class that received the Bellin Health Systems Small Group Award for their work on bringing awareness to domestic violence. They started the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” event in the Green Bay community — an international men’s march that raises awareness for rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Also nominated with UWGB connections in the Green Bay Packers Large Group category were UW-Green Bay cheerleaders, UW-Green Bay Habitat for Humanity, UW-Green Bay cross country teams and Weidner Center ushers. Kevin Van Ess ’84 played a clarinet jazz piece in honor of Lifetime Achievement designee Elton Petersen. Steve Maricque ’78, president of the Bellin Health Foundation, presented the Bellin Foundation award. (Shannon Bodilly, daughter of UWGB’s Director of Marketing, Sue Bodilly, was among the Youth Volunteer Award nominees for her work with the CP Center of Green Bay.)
We’ve told you here before about UW-Green Bay cheerleaders Hannah, Gabrielle and Leah Buege, identical triplets who bring three times the pep to Phoenix and Green Bay Packers games throughout the teams’ seasons. Hailing from Menomonee Falls, the trio recently was featured — along with Phoenix cheer coach Ann Rodrian — in a story on Milwaukee’s Fox 6 news. You can check out the story (and do your best to tell the triplets apart).
Packersnews.com on Tuesday (Sept. 24) posted a story about the UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College cheerleaders who pull double duty cheering for the Packers during home games. The story focuses on Fox Valley Lutheran High School grads Allison Prahl and Heidi Hablewitz, the former of whom cheers for UW-Green Bay. She decided to try out for the team in part for the challenge and in part because she’s a lifelong fan of the Pack. “I definitely thought it was a cool experience that not a lot of people get when they cheer for college teams,” she said. “… There’s so much energy — it’s so loud. It’s hard not to be in a good mood when you’re at Lambeau.” Cool story, here.
Menomonee Falls Now on Monday (Aug. 5) carried a fun story about triplet UW-Green Bay students who cheer for the Phoenix as well as the Pack. Hannah, Gabrielle and Leah Buege of Menomonee Falls have made the cheerleading squad for the second consecutive year, the story says, although last year Leah was sidelined with injuries. Cheering for the University also means cheering for the Green Bay Packers, as the team uses UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College cheerleaders to work the sidelines during home games. The triplets made an appearance at Saturday’s (Aug. 3) Family Night, and are preparing for Friday’s pre-season game against the Arizona Cardinals. Somehow, we think you’ll be seeing plenty of the Buege sisters as the season progresses. Fun story.
People around here know UW-Green Bay has some of the hardest-working cheerleaders in sports. After all, the cheer squad not only provides pep for campus teams, but also works the sidelines at Green Bay Packers home games, adding yet another element of awesome to the story of this small-city team. But now a few UW-Green Bay cheerleaders are receiving attention across the state, as well — in a media market that’s closer to Vikings territory than the Frozen Tundra. Eau Claire-based WEAU TV recently featured UW-Green Bay cheerleaders Caleb Schmidt, Vaughn Waite and Alec Schwinefus as its athletes of the week, lauding their skills and unique role in the Packers’ game-day experience. All three hail from Western Wisconsin. Check out the story.
The Green Bay Packers — which is to say, UW-Green Bay — cheerleaders got some public face time this weekend during a fun exhibit at the Neville Public Museum of Brown County. Saturday (Aug. 4) was Green Bay Packers Cheerleader Day, held in conjunction with the Neville’s “Football, The Exhibit,” on display through Sept. 9. The Packers cheerleading squad is made up of students from UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College.
For more: Green Bay Press-Gazette / WLUK Fox 11
Yes, if you were watching NBC’s “Today Show” last Thursday morning, live from Green Bay on the occasion of the NFL season opener, that was indeed the UW-Green Bay/Packer cheerleading crew you saw featured. They were also caught on videotape by E! News for the E Channel, reports adviser Ann Rodrian. And, of course, they got some airtime during the evening’s NBC game telecast of the Packers/Saints contest, which drew near-record ratings for a televised football game.