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TranscriptPom-Pon Girls debut set
Br (isuy Coll
Not many collcgc-IcvcI ath¬ letic teanid arc exposed to Ibc nation through the medium d national television ab the Salukis will be when they nwct tbe Tulsa Hurricanes Saturday in a 1:40 p.m. contest In the Arena.
Even fewer of the pep-typc groups, such as bands and cbecrleadlng squads arc thus honored.
It is even more rare when auch a group makes Its debut on national television.
And the odds against ap¬ pearing on television In Its first two outings arc astro¬ nomical.
But such Is the fate of the SIU Pom-Pon Girls.
A slow start will be capped by a crescendo Saturday when Cbey perform on the sidelines during the gam? and take on halftime chores.
Then, in exactly three weeks, on Feb. 8, they will perform at the University of Illinois-Iowa basketball game
in Champaign at the Invita¬ tion of the pom-pon squad at that school.
They will be ready.
"We practice every night and each Sunday morning, " said Captain Judi March. "That Is about 10 hours of work per week—and we have been working for three nwnths."
The slow start Is a result of lack of uniforms and pom¬ pons, according to Miss March. Tbe uniforms were ordered from and made by
a Carbondale seamstress.
The group now rcall2cs partial support from individ¬ ual sports tcamd, butthcgirls do buy their own shoes and socks. They will also pay for their transportation to the Illlnols-Iowa game.
"Wc are going to apply for support from Student Govern¬ ment as wc will be repre¬ sentatives of the school, " Miss March stated.
But because of the Interest of coaches of various sports, and with the dedication of a
group of girls willing to work for three mDnths, SIU students and a national television au¬ dience will see the fruits of bard work this Saturday.
Even before tbelr start, the girls are now looking to the future.
"We would like to work with the baseball team, and would be Interested In becoming go- go girls in the spring—and then football season comes around..."
It looks as though tbe SIU Pom-Pon Girls will soon be a familiar sight to sport fans in all seasons.
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