WASEDA WEEKLY

Go! Go! Waseda Sports! :
For our Alma Mater, Waseda - Waseda University Cheer Group


4th-year student, School of Political Science and Economics
Captain Keisuke Asami

The Brass Band
The Brass Band
The leaders and the cheerleaders
The leaders and the cheerleaders

The Cheer Group not only cheers the team on at sports games, but also helps liven up the atmosphere at many school events. The Cheer Group consists of three parts: The “leaders” use applause and voices to liven up the audience, the “brass band” use their music, and the “cheer leaders” use their smiles and energetic dancing. With all three parts together, the group has over a hundred members. Although their cheering methods may be different, they aim for the same goal - to assist victory and the successful growth of Waseda.

To state the obvious, the cheer group is for cheering. Cheering, however, is not merely yelling out “Go #65374;!” We have to think constantly about how to bring students out to stadiums, and get them to cheer with us, all cheering together. Our wish is to get as many students as possible to feel “I'm glad I'm a Waseda student!”

In the Cheer Group, we have a saying: “Strong roots for a beautiful flower.” The beautiful flower refers to the athletes of Waseda University, and the strong roots to our cheer group. This saying reflects the role the Cheer Group should play - in order to cheer for Waseda's glory, the Cheer group must put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes. Unlike other sports teams, no matter how much effort we put into cheering, we cannot participate in games or get a good score. Some may even think, “What's the point of cheering on another group?” However, I believe that cheering is something that naturally happens when one faces an athlete bearing Waseda's name on his or her back and putting in a great effort for the school and the team.

The Cheer Group wouldn't be able to exist without everyone affiliated with Waseda University, such as the people who represent the school and compete in games, and the university staff and local people who understand and support our group. As long as we continue to cheer, it is important to remember and thank the people who support us. I myself feel grateful every day for the people around me, who have made me the person that I am today.

Group picture (First row, 5th from the left is Captain Asami)
Group picture (First row, 5th from the left is Captain Asami)

The Captain's words

This year marks Waseda's 125th anniversary, and I am proud to be able to give something back to the University as a member of the Cheer Group. I hope to work hard in spreading Waseda's beauty among the student body, and help them to understand and appreciate the school.

Copyright (C) 2007 Student Affairs Division, WASEDA University. All rights reserved.
First drafted 2007 May 31.