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Cheerleading Tryouts (2013-14)

Fall Open Gym & Information Session for Cheerleading and Mascots
When: Wednesday, September 4th
Time: 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Where:Cintas Center Auxiliary Gym

Fall Cheerleading Clinics & Tryouts

Clinics
When: Thursday, September 5th & Monday, September 9th
Time: 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Where:Cintas Center Auxiliary Gym

Tryouts
When: Wednesday, September 11th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where:Cintas Center Auxiliary Gym

First Mandatory Practices: Saturday, September 14th & Sunday, September 15th from 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (both days)

Fall Mascot Tryouts
When: September 11th
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Where:Cintas Center Auxiliary Gym

Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders

Xavier University cheerleaders are an important part of Xavier Athletics. Xavier Cheerleaders have become a vocal presence at all Xavier men's and women's basketball games as well as in the community. Each year, the cheerleading squad participates in annual fundraising efforts including appearances and much more. The Xavier University Cheerleaders are made up of a Blue and White Squad and attend all men's and women's home basketball games, Atlantic 10 Tournaments and NCAA tournaments.

On June 12th, 2008 a Xavier cheerleader was featured as a Cheerleader of the Week on Sports Illustrated's website, SI on Campus. Click here to see 20 Questions with Xavier's Amy Hellkamp and to view a photo gallery of Amy in action.

Mascots

D'Artagnan serves as the official mascot of the Xavier University athletic teams. The legendary mascot has gone through many changes over the years, but his powerful presence remained when the most recent version of the Musketeer was unveiled at the start of the 2004-05 basketball season.

The Musketeer concept was based on the suggestion of the late Reverend Francis J. Finn, S.J., a member of the Xavier University Board of Trustees for many years until his death in 1928. In response to a directive from the Trustees, Father Finn proposed the name Musketeers in 1925. It was adopted and has been a Xavier designation ever since.

In naming the Musketeers, Father Finn was not only giving rebirth to a concept of chivalry that is among France's most treasured traditions, but he was also providing permanent recognition to Xavier's strong ties with French origins and culture.

The first priest, and one of the first Europeans to navigate the Ohio River past the site that was to become Cincinnati, was a Jesuit from French Canada named the Rev. Joseph Pierre de Bonnecamps. He was a scientist and mathematician from the College of Quebec, who made the trip in 1749. It is said that to him Ohio owes the first map of her boundaries.

Among the first students at Xavier in the decade of the 1830's were French-speaking young men from Louisiana who were forbidden by the college regulations to use their family tongue during recreation lest they fail to learn the English language.

The first Jesuit Priest of Xavier, in 1840, was Father John Anthony Elet, a native of the French-speaking provinces of Belgium.

The great patron of the University, St. Francis Xavier, a native of Spain, received his university education at the College of St. Barbe at the University of Paris and he helped found the Jesuit Order in Paris in 1540.

So, as Father Finn reasoned, the Musketeer, a dedicated guard of the King of France, was a fine symbol of the qualities that should inspire the students and particularly the athletic teams at Xavier University.

 

The Blue Blob serves as a secondary mascot for the Xavier University athletic teams. The Blob is well known for being able to excite the crowd and is a favorite among the younger Musketeer fans. Perhaps one of the greatest memories of the Blob occurred when it was tackled by Theo Nelson following his made half-court shot to win one million dollars at the 2001 Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout. Nelson and the Blue Blob were even featured on SportsCenter that evening following the game.

On March 13, 2009 the Blue Blob and Dartagnon were featured in an AP story describing what it is like being a collegiate mascot. Click here to check out the article.