Mission and Purpose 

The mission of this team shall be: to promote and uphold school spirit; to develop a sense of good sportsmanship among the students: to better relationships between schools during all athletic events; to serve as ambassadors of the university, and to be guided by the Benedictine values of Saint Leo University. Through the accomplishment of this mission, our spirit members will become strong athletes, bold leaders, and positive contributors to our community. WORK HARD and HAVE FUN!.


The Saint Leo University Cheerleaders are a coed team who are dedicated to supporting Saint Leo Athletics. We are made up of students with various backgrounds in cheerleading, but all with a love for the sport. We cheer at home games and can be seen at various events around campus and the community. Our number one focus is to support the Lions athletic teams, but outside of this we have the possibility to attend local competitions and represent Saint Leo on the NCA Nationals floor.

We can be seen performing at men’s and women’s home basketball games, moonlight madness, Homecoming, and other select sporting events on campus as well as other campus events. Additionally, our cheerleaders participate in several charitable and fundraising events. Our Athletics philanthropy is Make-A-Wish and Saint Leo has been the proud host of two Make-A-Wish reveals.


Academic and Eligibility Requirements

In order to be an active member of Saint Leo Cheerleading an individual must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be enrolled at Saint Leo for the 2017-2018 school year.
  2.  Have a minimum 2.4 cumulative GPA (2.0-2.399 probation).
  3. Have no disciplinary action (academic or other) pending against them.
  4. All team members must be full time students (12+ credits per semester, 6+ for online students).
  5. Study tables at the CAVE or the library are mandatory for all freshman and those team members with under a 3.0 GPA.

Practices and Conditioning

Practices are held 2-3 times a week for 2-3 hours. All practices are mandatory unless an excused absence has been approved by the coaching staff. An electronic practice and event schedule is provided through our team app upon making the team.

Saint Leo cheerleaders are expected to attend strength and conditioning sessions twice a week in our fitness center. This is a requirement of the team to ensure proper strength and to prevent injury.


Although Saint Leo cheerleading does not provide athletic scholarships, there are incentives for the cheer team members. Saint Leo cheerleaders attend NCA camp in September fully covered by the program. Cheerleaders are also able to utilize the athletics strength & conditioning program. Each cheerleader has the ability to earn a place in the President’s Club by having a GPA in the top 15% of all student athletes and our senior members are recognized for their dedication to athletics and the team at our annual Green and Gold Awards.

Contact us:

For more information about our program please contact head coach Nikii Lewis

By email: cheerleading@saintleo.edu or by phone: 352-588-8438

We are also on social media! Check us out ~ like us, follow us, tweet us!

  • Facebook: @SaintLeoCheer
  • Instagram: @SaintLeoCheer
  • Twitter: @SaintLeoCheer



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