By Austen Bundy
Viva Loudoun High School Intern
South Riding (Oct. 29, 2013) – In the past Freedom High School has been known for its lack of student spirit at athletic events, but this year, something new has joined the crowd. Dozens of students have organized a group called the Freedom Hype Squad and together they attend as many FHS athletics events as possible in order to support their Eagles.
“It really makes it more fun to be at games, even if it’s volleyball or cheer competitions, because you know that although you’re not helping the teams out on the gym floor, you’re still helping them out as the Hype Squad,” Freedom senior and Hype Squad member Ayman Karim said.
Communication between students and the Hype Squad usually takes place on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook when there is an upcoming event. A tweet or post will be sent out letting people know about a “black-out”, wearing all black clothing, or other suggestions for the games.
Seniors Jon Ludwig and Johnny Morse lead the squad and operate the Twitter account, @FreedomFrenzyy.
“Our main goal is to just get everyone excited to go to Freedom and have a great time while at athletic events,” Morse said.
The Hype Squad has had its biggest attendances at football and volleyball games so far this fall season.
Students come up with various chants and cheer loudly at the games. In order to signify a “key” play, they will also get out their key chains, start shaking them and make noise.
“We do a variety of chants in the crowd like Moziltof where we sing and throw a small kid in the air,” Ludwig said. “Illuminati [where we put our] hands in a triangle [in the air] for no particular reason and others like I Believe and even Christmas carols, anything rambunctious that gets the crowd pumped!”
Recently, friendly banter has occurred on Twitter between Freedom’ and neighboring high school John Champe and its student group “Champe Chaos(@JCHSHYPESQUAD) with the Freedom Homecoming game between the two schools ending in a John Champe 19-17 victory on Oct. 18.
“I tend to stay away from the bantering but I support Champe sports, the rivalry creates a tension and motivation which gets people excited and hyped up for the upcoming games,” Ludwig said.
The back and forth exchanges between the two student organizations began after Freedom students said John Champe copied their idea of a student Hype Squad.
“I think Champe’s Hype Squad is trying to create the same kind of atmosphere that we are,” Morse said. “The banter on social media is just both sides getting excited for the games, which I think is great.”
Freedom Frenzy is now selling t-shirts for $30 that are valid as season passes and go towards Freedom High School athletics.
Austen Bundy is a junior at Freedom High School