Cheer, Dance, & Herky
The Spirit of the Iowa Hawkeyes comes from the Iowa Spirit Squads. This includes the Iowa Cheerleaders, the Iowa Dance Team and Herky the Hawk. These three teams represent the Black and Gold not only at Kinnick Stadium and Carver Hawkeye Arena, but around campus and around the Nation. The Iowa Spirit Squads are a part of the University of Iowa Athletic Department and are supported by all areas within the department.
Herky the Hawk can be seen at just about every Iowa Athletic event that takes place on campus, as well as traveling with our athletic teams from time to time. The Iowa Cheerleaders and Iowa Dance Team can be seen on the sidelines leading the fans at Iowa Football, Iowa Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Iowa Wrestling, Iowa Volleyball, and the Cheerleaders can also be seen at Iowa Gymnastics meets. The Cheerleaders and Dancers will also travel with many of these teams for in-season or post-season games.
Iowa Spirit Squads have support from the Athletic Department in the areas of Academics, Athletic Training, Sports Medicine, Strength & Conditioning, Nutrition, Sport Psychology, and the Equipment Room. The Mary Lee Duda Spirit Fund provides team members with scholarships to help with their financial needs to attend the University of Iowa. As a sponsor of the Athletic Department, NIKE helps with practice gear, shoes, and bags for the team. The Iowa Spirit Squads wear Varsity Uniforms and use Varsity spirit gear on the sidelines.