The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors and supports 5 Cal Spirit Groups. The groups are Cal Cheerleading, Dance Team, Mic Men, Rally Committee and our loveable mascot, Oski. The Spirit Groups spend many dedicated hours perfecting their skills for the love of their University. The Cal Spirit groups are responsible for promoting all spirit related activities at the University of California, Berkeley. Their main purpose is to promote and uphold the California Spirit and Traditions. You can find them at all athletic events such as football, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball matches among several Olympic Sports. In addition they act as ambassadors of the University by assisting with alumni functions, fundraising events and other formal occasions promoting Cal spirit..
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The Cal Spirit Groups fund is the primary fund for the The Cal Dance Team Mic Men and Cheearleders. The Cal Dance Team consists of women who dance to traditional Cal fight songs and Cal Band rock songs. During the football season, they perform on a wooden platform that is elevated off the football field. During basketball season, the team dances on the sidelines and on the basketball court during time-outs and performs entertaining half-time productions. The Mic Men are an elite group of the Cal Spirit Squad whose sole charge is to make sure Cal Pride is always present. With their powerful voices, the Mic Men rally the crowd and create the presence of an additional teammate for Cal Athletic Teams. The Mic Men are in charge of leading yells, MCing rallies, and being a ubiquitous presence at Cal sporting events. Cal Cheerleading is the newest addition to athletics and an integral part of Cal Spirit! You can see the cheerleaders at all football games, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and even a few gymnastics meets and baseball games. Their primary focus is to support each program and lead the crowd before and during the game. They work with the Mic Men to lead stadium wide cheers and increase crowd participation through the use of stunting, signs and poms. They also participate in various rallies, alumni and community events. The Cal Cheerleaders hope to create new traditions, while continuing to carry on the longstanding traditions at Cal.
The Cal Spirit Groups annual fund directly supports the yearly operations all Cal Spirit groups. Gifts to the Cal Spirit Groups are eligible for Bear Backer benefits, seat donations and priority points. To give, click below.
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Since its creation in 1901, the University of California Rally Committee has served as the official guardian of California Spirit and Tradition. The oldest student group on the Berkeley campus, RallyComm produces all rallies on campus, is responsible for maintaining the Big C, displays the California banner and Cal flags, as well as constructs and executes card stunts at football games. Not to be forgotten, RallyComm is the custodian of the California Victory Cannon and the Axe (when it is in the possession of the University of California).
The Rally Committee annual fund directly supports the yearly operations of RallyComm. Gifts to the Rally Committee are eligible for Bear Backer benefits, seat donations and priority points. To give, click below.
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Cal student William Rockwell first appeared as Oski in the autumn of 1941 when he donned a homemade bear head fashioned around a football helmet. He dressed in baggy pants, a large letter sweater, oversized shoes and white gloves. In front of thousands of Cal fans at Memorial Stadium, he led cheers, waved to children and flirted with girls. Rockwell never revealed his true identity as Oski to others until much later. The Oski Committee thrives today; its members are undergraduates who manage and guard Oski’s identity year after year, as well as induct fellow committee members and decide who will be Oski. Since the group is also pledged to secrecy and anonymity forever and ever, its workings are mysterious. You can find Oski at all athletic events, university and alumni gatherings creating mischief and bringing joy and smiles to kids and adults alike.
Gifts in support of Oski are directed to the Oski Endowment fund, which uses investment returns to support the annual operations of the Oski Committee. Gifts to the Oski Endowment fund are not eligible for seat donations, but are eligible for Bear Backer benefits and priority points. To give, click below.