Major sports teams have plenty of them and many college riots have been caused by them; sports fan can be a wild group. So what is Red Lions’ own Rowdies doing to bring enthusiasm to school sporting events?
Before the Rowdies were formed, Red Lion had not had any large student sections in years. By using clever theme nights and general team spirit, the Rowdies have been able to bring about a group of students throughout all grades to cheer on Red Lion’s sports teams.
Junior Austin Kelly is the unofficial leader of this group. he leads chants, movements, and is in charge of bringing about the general rowdiness of the Rowdies.
Many believe the Rowdies are having a positive effect on both the players and students who are participating.
“The Rowdies support shows how committed we are to our teams and creates positive energy for our teams to build off of,” Kelly said. “I think the students really enjoy participating in the themes for every game and to get them excited for this season, I will be letting the students vote for school appropriate themes on twitter @TheLionsDome.”
Neon Night, Black and Gold, American Night, Hawaii, Christmas, and Camo are just some of the themes the Rowdies have planned for the upcoming basketball season.
Jenna Hevner, a senior who participated in many of this seasons football student sections, believes that the Rowdies increase school spirit at athletic events.
“It made it more pumped,” Jenna said, “The Rowdies make the teams wanna play better.”