National championship will be last game for UK cheerleader

The University of Kentucky is known for its championship teams, including one team with 19 national titles.

When the Cats hit the court, the Kentucky cheerleaders have a very important job to do. They get to do it with a front row seat to every game.

"It's like an exciting roar of people, especially when you do the big blue chant. It's so loud," says senior Mandy Banahan.

She's living out her dream by getting to wear the blue and white. The national championship game will be the last UK game she gets to cheer. The Lexington native says cheering for the Cats is an incredible experience.

"(I'm a) huge cat fan and being able to cheer on the team courtside is so amazing," Banahan says.

Growing up as part of the Big Blue nation is one thing. But for Banahan, getting to be right in the middle of all the action still stops her in her tracks sometimes.

"Like sometimes we'll be down there and we will stop to listen to the crowd yell without us cheering them on," Banahan says.

Banahan and her team know what it's like to be part of a winning tradition. They are ready to their part to help the basketball Cats bring home another title too.

"I can't wait. I'm so excited to cheer them on and I think we're going to win."

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