The San Antonio Spurs announced that they’re getting rid of their cheerleader squad. They have decided to replace the Silver Dancers with a 35 member coed hype team.
Via News4 San Antonio:
Spurs Sports & Entertainment will be introducing a 35-member coed Spurs hype team at the beginning of the 2018-19 season that will elevate the game day experience and energize crowds with a diverse array of unique family-friendly talents, including tumbling, acrobatics, dance and stunts. As ambassadors of the San Antonio Spurs brand, hype team members will participate in a variety of community events and public appearances as well as perform at home games. The name of the team will be announced at a later date.
“We are excited to announce our new Spurs hype team,” said Spurs Sports & Entertainment Vice President Tammy Turner. “This team will further enhance the game-night experience for Spurs fans at the AT&T Center.”
The cheerleaders were upset by the move and took to social media to voice their displeasure. As they should. This is a really strange move. Nobody likes a coed hype team. No wonder Kawhi Leonard wants out, via Busted Coverage:
A petition urging that the Silver Dancers stay active is up on Change.org. They have already received 737 signatures and will easily reach their 1,000 goal.
Lack of fan interest? Wonder where all these followers and YouTube views came from. Not to mention all the $ made for the organization bc of THOUSANDS of kids thru Jr. Silver Dancers Program, prep classes… Hundreds of hours of community service etc… 26 yr legacy, gone. pic.twitter.com/sLkPM7MXYt
— melissa (@melissaaschoon) May 19, 2018