Students will be hearing a lot more Lions at games as well, thanks to the new spirit group, The Roar.
The Roar is the newest edition to Vanguard’s athletic atmosphere. SGA President and member of the Roar, Chris Moore, describes the purpose of the Roar as an energy boost for the athletes and the event itself.
“We’re just wanting to really get games super hyped,” Moore said, “We know when people are excited at games that just kind of fuels the energy that is present at the event itself,”
Emily Howard, a junior and the Program Board Athletics Director, is the student in charge of coordinating The Roar. The Roar was built on top of efforts made in previous years to market athletic events to the Vanguard community, according to Howard. While The Roar is a new development, Howard expressed her desire for it to expand and become a student-run operation.
“We’re hoping that that can just transition to being just like a student-lead spirit section… So we want it…eventually to be like everyone is apart of The Roar and gets really excited for it,” Howard said.
The Roar has already made an impact with the few games they have attended. Daniel Yo, a senior and a captain of the men’s soccer team, described the effect that The Roar had during their preseason game against Marymount California University.
“With The Roar being out there, just for a preseason game, and just having their energy out there, it helps us for sure,” Yo said.
The Roar is open to everyone and easy to join. According to Howard, the only requirements for joining are to attend the monthly meetings where they brainstorm ideas and sign up for upcoming events. Moore said that The Roar is already growing beyond what he expected so soon and he is eager to see it continue to expand.
“I’d recommend [The Roar] for anybody… It gets you doing stuff on campus, stuff you’re already doing,” Moore said, “but now you’re apart of it in a more focused, fun way.”
The next scheduled event for The Roar is the women’s soccer game against Hope International on Oct. 4, where they plan to bring the energy and noise to hype the game, the athletes, and everyone present.