By Justin Sandoval |Asst. Sports Editor|
San Bernardino native Amanda Toro has been on the CSUSB Coyote Cheer and Dance team since her freshman year in 2011.
Toro’s cheerleading started at Arrowhead Christian Academy in Redlands, CA where she cheered all four years of high school.
Making the most of her time here at CSUSB, Toro is also an active sister of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
“Alpha Delta Pi has given me the opportunities for networking, socialization, and friendships that will last a lifetime,” said Toro
The Cheer and Dance team perform at all home volleyball games, as well as men’s and woman’s basketball games.
Toro has been with the team through a variety of transitions; this year the team has been incorporated into CSUSB Athletics, and now has representatives in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC).
“It feels nice to be involved, we feel more attached to the remainder of the school and athletes on campus,” said Toro.
Coyote Cheer and Dance do not perform on a competitive level.
“Since we hadn’t been apart of SAAC we felt competition during the spring quarter would be too much of a demand for the girls on the team,” said Toro. “If we started to get school funding from the school competition it’s something I feel a lot of the girls would enjoy.”
During the summer, Coyote Cheer and Dance get together for a three-day camp in preparation for the seasons ahead. This year, the event was held at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas.
“Joining the team has given me the opportunity to meet knew people make friends and connections I will never forget. We are like a family and I highly recommend the experience to anyone thinking about joining,” continued Toro.
Annually, Cheer and Dance put on a Spirit Spectacular fundraiser, in which girls from elementary to high school ages are invited to come and learn from Coyote Cheer and Dance.
“We teach the girls two cheers and one dance, and they get perform at half-time of the woman’s and men’s basketball game. Fundraisers like the Spirit Spectacular keep individual fundraising and cost down for the girls on the team.”
Since the university doesn’t fund the program uniforms and summer camps have to be paid for by the girls individually.
“We do hope to get funding, we’d love to attend and cheer at away games for our fellow ‘Yotes.”
Favorite Food: Pepperoni Pizza
Favorite Hobby: Shopping
Favorite Music: “I love all country music.”
Favorite Dessert: “Anything with nuts in it!”
“If there was one interesting thing about me, it would be more of a guilty pleasure. I own over a 100 pairs of shoes, all in their original boxes,” said Toro. “They take space in three separate rooms in my house sad to say.”
Toro wanted to leave the student body a message from herself and fellow cheer and dance members. “Thank you for all your support Coyotes, we hope to see you all season long! Go Yotes’!”