Reunited and it "Cheers" so Good!
Alumni Cheerleaders caught up with member, Catherine "Cat" Jarzemkoski, a former Kansas Chiefs Cheerleader. Here is the latest with Cat J.
To say that dance and cheer has been a part of Cat Jarzemkoski's (Cat J) life would be a bit of an understatement. Growing up and becoming involved in cheer and dance at age 10, Cat's family and friends never had much trouble knowing where to find her: typically on the sideline, under the basket or in a dance studio.
Cat was a part of the Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader program for 25 years, first as a "Chiefette" starting in 1972 , then as a cheerleader until 1985. Following her tenure on the field, Cat became an assistant coach and choreographer for the Chiefs program, and maintained the dance studio, in Lenexa KS.
Cat credits much of her career success to the foundation of dance instilled by Shirley Marley of the Miller Marley Dance Studio. Practice, hard work, discipline and fun are components that have driven her to excel, not only on the field, dance floor or court, but in life as well. "Many of the skills necessary to become successful in dance and cheer at an early age, are those that will serve a young person well in their careers and life", says Cat.
Named Spirit Squad Coordinator in 2000, Cat brings a blend of experience, solid foundation of skills, and a passion for dance and cheer to the staff and 65 members of the squad. She is proud of the accomplishments of the squad, including numerous awards at national events, the credibility of the program, rapport with the fans, and the important role the squad plays in representing the University of Kansas, which is a testament to all the hard work accomplished by team members and staff. Cat is at home in Lenexa, KS with husband Walt, stepdaughter Caitlin, and son Hank.