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Mission Statement
URI Spirit Program is committed to providing a dynamic and positive environment for young woman to pursue all aspects of excellence. This includes character, self discipline, commitment and leadership. We believe in education through sport, practicality and promoting community and pride in the University of Rhode Island.


Program Information
Thank you for your interest in the University of Rhode Island Cheerleading Program!

We are a Division 1 All Girl cheerleading squad. Our number one priority is our commitment to the Athletic Department. The cheerleaders are a major part of the University and community. This presence stems from our spirit and support at the Football, and Men's and Women's basketball games.

The cheerleaders attend UCA College Camp at the University of Delaware in the preseason and travel with the Men's Basketball team in the post season. The cheerleaders have attended the UCA College National Championship for the past three years. They compete in Division 1 All-Girl.

  • 2014: 5th place
  • 2015: 5th place
  • 2016: 7th place

If you are strongly interested in the program, it would be beneficial to plan a visit and organize a day with a current cheerleader. This can include the observation of a practice and/or Game Day experience.

To prepare for our 2016-2017 tryout there will be a Spring Pre Tryout Clinic. This event is posted below. It is STRONGLY recommended that all girls interested in cheering in college, especially URI, attend this event.


  • Strong commitment to URI Athletics
  • Standing Tumbling: Standing BHS on the hard wood floor, Standing tuck preferred
  • Running Tumbling: Round off back handspring tuck or layout, layout and full preferred
  • Sharp motion technique
  • Excellent crowd leading skills/Game Day Collegiate Image

2016 Spring Pre Tryout Clinic
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: Tootell West Gymnasium
Attire: Current HS or College (if a transfer) T shirt and athletic shorts, cheer sneakers
Cost: Pre-registration - $30     On-site Registration - $35

  • If you chose to pre-register, this payment is due by April 2. Checks should be made out to URI CHEERLEADING and mailed to: 
  • Ray Lyons, Spirit Coordinator / 50 Ocean Village Court / Wakefield, RI 02879 
  • On-site Registration will be cash only

2016-2017 Season Tryout
Date: Saturday, April 30, 9am-4pm / Sunday, May 1, 11am-4pm  (must attend both days)
Location: Keaney Gymnasium
Attire: Navy shorts and white top, Game ready hair and makeup (both days)
Cost: $40 paid in cash Saturday

This tryout date is for everyone trying out for the 2016-2017 season. This includes incoming freshman, transfers, current students and graduate students. This is our ONLY tryout for the 2016-2017 season.

If for some reason, you cannot attend the tryout weekend, you must contact Head Coach Melissa Scungio, no later than April 1 for approval of a DVD/Video Tryout. Requests will be accepted on a casy-by-case basis. Those who tryout via DVD/Video will still be responsible for the $40 tryout fee. That will need to be received no later than April 10.

DVD/Video and payment will need to be mailed to:

Ray Lyons, Spirit Coordinator
50 Ocean Village Court
Wakefield, RI 02879 

There is NEW Cheerleader fee that will need to be paid the weekend of tryouts.

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Contact Information

Ray Lyons 
Coordinator, Spirit Squads

Melissa Scungio 
Head Coach, Cheerleading