Wautoma locals join UW-Green Bay Cheer Team and perform at Green Bay Packers home games
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.
The three friends have been cheering together for years. Hannah and Jacqulyn started in third grade and Shanyce started in fifth. Jacqulyn joked that she wanted to move from gymnastics to cheerleading because she “wanted to be the girl thrown in the air” during the different routines. Hannah’s mom was involved in cheer at UW-Steven’s Point, so Hannah looked up to her throughout the years and wanted to follow in her footsteps. Shanyce agreed that she looked up to Hannah’s mom, too, but she always was amazed by the cheerleaders in general. “I thought the girls looked so brave, because it takes courage to be able to cheer in front of a large crowd,” Shanyce said.
Once the girls got involved in cheering, their favorite parts included spending time with their teammates, building trust amongst their teammates, and being a positive role model for those who attended their games. Young girls look up to them, just like young boys look up to football players. Even when their team is losing, it’s Hannah, Jacqulyn, and Shanyce’s jobs to keep up the energy and cheer their team on.