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really all we want.” Now that the team has finally gotten ahold of the championship title, they have their eyes set on another prize – an achievement that will involve the entire FAMU community. According to Tatum, due to budget constraints, the team can only afford to travel to a few football and basketball games per season, and their uniforms have not been updated in years. Now that they are a championship team, the coaches are asking Rattler fans to help them with a much-needed makeover. “If people understood the athleticism and devotion of the cheerleading team, many of the funding and support challenges we face may be resolved,” she said. That is why winning the championship meant so much to the team. “Cheerleading is a highlycompetitive sport,” said Tatum. “Our motto is ‘Athletes lift weights and cheerleaders lift athletes.’ We just want people to understand that cheerleading is just like every other sport, and [our athletes] have to work just as hard.” Fans can donate to the championship cheer squad and other teams by visiting www.famubuildingchampions.com.

Lady Rattler Track Stars Win 5th Straight MEAC Title As the FAMU Cheer Team looks toward their next title, they can draw inspiration from a group of Lady Rattlers who are shattering records in more ways than one. The FAMU Women’s Cross Country team not only took home the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship trophy for the fifth straight year, it also became the first team in MEAC history to win five back-to-back tourneys. The championship marks the team’s ninth overall conference title. “Last year, we won our fourth in a row and set a FAMU record,” Lady Rattlers head coach Darlene Moore said. “In order to keep the kids from being complacent, we set the goal to go out there and set a MEAC record.” Moore was named “Outstanding Women’s Coach” for the fifth straight year. Student-athlete Judith Kibii was named “Outstanding Performer,” becoming the second Lady Rattler in school history to win an individual championship title. Kibii also was the MEAC player of the week for multiple consecutive weeks during the season. “Dr. Moore and the Lady Rattlers are a phenomenal example of what it means to be champions in the classroom, in life, and on the field,” said Athletics Director Milton Overton. “ We are proud of the dedication and commitment they continue to display, and we look forward to many more years of success for this team.”

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Winter 2017 A&M Magazine  

The Winter 2017 edition of the award-winning A&M Magazine celebrates remarkable milestones, including the accomplishments and anniversaries...

Winter 2017 A&M Magazine  

The Winter 2017 edition of the award-winning A&M Magazine celebrates remarkable milestones, including the accomplishments and anniversaries...