The Savannah State Cheer Squad was voted the HBCU Male Female Team of the Year during the seventh annual HBCU Awards ceremony, presented by HBCU Digest on July 14 at the Gallup Building in Washington, D.C.
SSU was one of six finalists for the award, along with Bowie State (bowling), Virginia Union (women’s basketball), Central State (women’s basketball), Xavier of Louisiana (women’s tennis) and Hampton (Women’s Basketball). The squad made history earlier this year in February when they became the first HBCU to win the National Cheerleading Award at the CheerSport Nationals which were held in Atlanta. It was the university’s first appearance at the national championship since 2013. Tim Grant, who is entering his third head as head coach of the SSU cheer team, was elected for his squad. “It’s an honor to be considered the most outstanding female team of all female sports. It’s very humbling. The team established itself as a force in HBCU cheerleading last year and we look forward to taking it higher this year.” Grant said that he has 22 members of this year’s squad which includes six from last season’s team. SSU spent July 26-28 in Louisville, Kentucky at the NCA College Camp.