The Grand Canyon University spirit club is a competitive club that accepts all new members. Whether you have never cheered or you are the best of the best, this team is for you!
The club spirit teams compete locally and nationally. We usually practice three times per week because competition is right around the corner but limit practices to Tuesdays and Thursdays in the fall and winter for 2.5 hours. Practices include game-day material, company routines and tumbling class.
Some cheerleaders want to cheer in college but fear it would be too much on their plate. Spirit club gives you the opportunity to pursue your love of the sport and have that competition team feel but without rigorous practices. Our goal is to provide a fun, safe environment where members can grow and continue their sport.
In 2018, there will be three teams:
|Saturday||03/25/2017||at||United Spirit Assoc. Collegiate Nationals||Anaheim, CA||TBA||8th W|
Haven Parish is in her first season as the head coach of GCU spirit. Parish has impressive experience in the world of cheerleading and dance.
Parish is from Memphis, TN and began her cheerleading career at a young age. She was part of a team that won the UCA All Star championships from 1999-2004. She competed at the first World Championship for Cheerleading from 2004-08. In 2009, she was a part of the Hawaii Pacific University team that won the NCA collegiate championship.
After competing as an athlete, Parish turned to coaching. She opened and owned her own All Star Competitive cheer and dance gym in Olive Branch, MS for three years. In 2015, she decided to sell her business and moved to Phoenix to pursue a head instructor position at All Things Cheer. Parish travels the world coaching safety and progressions of the sport, while broadening the international growth of cheerleading.
Parish brings 26 years of competitive experience to GCU spirit team. She received her bachelor’s degree in teaching physical education from the University of Memphis in 2012. Parish currently lives in Phoenix and when she isn’t coaching, she enjoys traveling and adventuring.