UK Cheerleading releases tryout information


LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – The criteria and process for tryouts for the Kentucky cheerleading squad were announced on Friday by head coach Ryan Martin O’Connor.

The tryouts begin immediately and will be held virtually due to the university’s COVID-19 restrictions. Interested applicants should assemble a tryout video, then upload that video to YouTube. The tryout video should include the applicant participating in these categories: intro; fight song and cheer; standing tumbling; running tumbling; gameday/IME stunts; and elite stunts. More information is available at

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Upon completion of the YouTube tryout video, applicants should visit where they can fill out the cheerleading tryout questionnaire. Within that questionnaire, applicants will be able to submit the link to their personal tryout videos, as well as other identifying information.

The deadline for submitting all materials is Friday, July 3. Rosters for the Blue and White teams will be announced once the tryout judges and coaches have made their final decisions.

For more information on the UK cheerleading squad, visit and following the squad on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas