Spirit Programs

As a unified Spirit Program, UTRGV Cheer, Dance, and Mascot teams pride themselves in being the leaders of V Nation. The primary focus of the UTRGV Spirit Program is to increase the Vaquero Spirit of our campus and community by performing and cheering at athletic events while excelling as scholars. The Spirit Program strives to encourage crowd participation, focus on student-athlete development, sportsmanship, maturity and above all, pride. The UTRGV Spirit Program looks forward to enhancing and creating traditions for Vaquero fans and alumni to enjoy.


List of Spirit Programs
The first column lists the teams under the spirit program. The second column provides a description of the teams.
Name Description
Coed Cheer Team The Coed Cheer Team supports the athletic teams and represents the university at UCA College Cheerleading Competitions. Team members serve as ambassadors at a variety of events. 
Dance Team The Dance Team promotes school spirit through engaging performance entertainment during school and athletic teams events. and represents the university at UDA College Dance Competitions.
Mascot Team The Mascot Team is a group of enthusiastic students that promotes school spirit among its peers and the community. They seek to instill Vaquero pride during school and athletic teams events as well as community functions.

Members of the UTRGV Spirit Program practice two to three days a week, aside from assigned appearance/games. Spirit Members attend athletic events throughout the year and make multiple appearances on and off campus. Spirit Members attend the UCA/UDA College Camp in Austin, TX in the summer and are also provided the opportunity to showcase their talents at College Nationals in Orlando, FL in January. Selected Spirit Members will travel to the WAC Basketball Tournament hosted in Las Vegas, NV in Mid-March to support both UTRGV Basketball Team’s in competition. Spirit Members are expected to attend assigned games/appearances/practices throughout the year to maintain active status and be eligible to participate in traveling events.

Benefits of Being a Member of the Spirit Program

  • Ambassador for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Priority registration
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Preserve expected graduation date
  • Travel opportunities
  • Creating and enhancing university traditions
  • Enhance individual mental and physical health
  • Gain a sense of community
  • Improve time management skills and responsibility

Program Requirements

  • Maintain Grade Point Average of 2.5 or above
  • Maintain Full-Time Student Status
  • Complete Learning Center Hours (determined by GPA)
  • Provide Physical Clearance from a Physician
  • Attend scheduled practices/assigned events/games/appearances

Open Practices:

Open practices are generally held in the Spring Semester to assist candidates to prepare for auditions. Coaches and current members will give insight on requirements of Spirit Members while providing clarity to questions about the audition process or team requirements/expectations.

2020 Open Practice Dates Coming Soon!

Other Spirit Groups

List of Spirit Programs
The first column lists other spirit groups under the spirit program. The second column provides a description of the spirit groups.
Name Description
The Herd The official student section for UTRGV Athletics. The Herd promotes Vaquero pride, values good sportsmanship, and cultivates home court advantage.
UTRGV Royals The UTRGV Royals are students selected by their peers through an election process during Homecoming to represent the University School spirit on and off campus.
Pep Band The Pep Band performs at the home games of the Vaquero athletic teams and also travels to post season tournament games.