The Gold Crew, along with several volleyball players, celebrates after a win. The crew has several chants they recite during various sporting events, along with traditions performed following wins (see sidebar).
The Gold Crew, along with several volleyball players, celebrates after a win. The crew has several chants they recite during various sporting events, along with traditions performed following wins (see sidebar).

Dressing up banana suits and other eccentric costumes may seem obscure to some, but it is becoming the new norm for students who have joined what has recently been deemed the “Gold Crew.”

Students of the club attend sporting events and help cheer on their fellow student athletes by sitting together in the stands while wearing outrageous outfits, all to try to become the loudest group in the gymnasium.

Members will shout out athletes’ names, start chants to encourage the team, discourage the opposing team, clap and stomp their feet and get other audience members pumped up for the game.

“It’s fun to just go to the games and yell and be a little obnoxious,” said club president junior Zach Hubbard.

For every game, Hubbard notifies the members of the clubs on the “theme” for the game through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

An example of a recent theme would be the members dressing up in their Halloween costumes for a volleyball home game. The costumes range from bright yellow banana suits to head-to-toe tiger suits.

Hubbard started the club in hopes of firing up school spirit and giving students a reason to attend more games. In the past, attendance at sporting events was characteristically low and wasn’t considered a major priority amongst the student body.

“I feel like there’s been more school spirit this year, and the Gold Crew is a big part of that,” said Hubbard.

So far, the Gold Crew has participated in encouraging

The Gold crew cheers on the Volleyball team. The crew followed the team on their run to the State Quarterfinals
The Gold crew cheers on the Volleyball team. The crew followed the team on their run to the State Quarterfinals

the volleyball, football and basketball teams. They hope to continue attending these events in order to improve the team’s performance with endless noise and continuous support from the stands.

Athletes also enjoy having the Gold Crew attending their games and creating a sense of unity between the players and the crowd in the stands. The Gold Crew has impacted athletes greatly by their constant cheering from the stands.

“They definitely encourage us more when we’re down, and we’ll always know that they’ll be there for us, even at the away games,” said junior volleyball player Madison Powell.

The Gold Crew has also received positive feedback from various faculty members and administrators.

“I think it’s always good for students to come support one another,” said assistant principal Mark Watson.

Hubbard and other club members’ goals for the future of the club include becoming the largest club on campus and going to as many sporting events as possible in an attempt to assist teams as much as they can.

The Gold Crew’s teacher sponsor is coach Cedric Roberts and the club meets on gold club days. Students with any questions pertaining to the club or who want to get involved can talk to Hubbard or the club’s vice president senior Daniel Villar.

Tools of the trade:
How to be a Gold Crew member

Opposing team gets in trouble:
Repeat: “YOU CAN’T DO THAT!”
Referee makes a bad call:
Repeat: “I’m blind, I’m deaf, I wanna be a ref!”
During a free throw:
Repeat: “Mine! Mine! Mine!
After an opposing player fouls out:
For each step they take: “LEFT! RIGHT! LEFT! RIGHT!
Intermittently during games:
Repeat (x3): “This is practice” *three claps*
After a win:
Sing chorus of: “Na Na Hey Hey”
and
Lock arms and sing Alma Mater

Sam Bequer / News Editor

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