UI Spirit Squads to Receive Letterwinner Status Beginning in 2023-24

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Beginning this academic year, 2023-24, Iowa Spirit Squad members will be recognized as Letterwinners, it was announced Monday by the Iowa Letterwinners Club and interim Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Beth Goetz.

Fifty-three members make up the Iowa Spirit Squad, which consists of Iowa Cheerleading, Iowa Dance Team, and Herky the Hawk. The Iowa Spirit Squad preforms at over 100 events each year.

“These are talented, bright, and passionate students who love the University of Iowa. The Iowa Letterwinners Club is honored to recognize the Iowa Spirit Squads as our newest Varsity Letter Award winners."

Katie Wynn (Executive Director of the Iowa Letterwinners Club)

Former Iowa Spirit Squad members will receive Iowa Letterwinners Club benefits, including joining the Iowa Letterwinners Club Network, single-game discounts for UI Athletics ticketed events, attending all Iowa Letterwinners Club events, and assistance from the Iowa Letterwinners Club with hosting letterwinner celebrations/events.

Iowa announced on Sept. 19 that it plans to begin construction on a new Gymnastics and Spirt Squad Training Center this fall. The new climate-controlled practice facility will provide the Spirt Squads with a dedicated 5,500 sq. ft. practice area, a new Marley dance floor, a new set of cheer mats, changing rooms, coach’s offices and a team meeting room. The $20 million project — paid for by athletics department revenue and private gifts — will be built on the Hawkeye Campus, adjacent to the women’s soccer and field hockey facilities on Prairie Meadow Drive.