April 12, 2024

As a result of the pandemic, the Western Athletic Conference has postponed all fall athletic competitions. This means that school spirit boosters like the California Baptist University “Crazies” have had no competitions or games to cheer.

Jacob Klarke, junior business administration major and member of the CBU Crazies, explained what the organization is all about and why he misses being apart of the CBU events and sports games.

“The Crazie crew’s job is to lead fans in being the absolute craziest student section in the NCAA,” Klarke said. “The Crazies bring energy to the crowd while also cheering on the Lancers until we lose our voices. And sometimes we even dress up as hotdogs, wear blue wigs or pink tutus to embrace our name of being Crazie.”

The Crazies are a common sight at basketball games, helping excite the crowd and foster school spirit. Whether they are wearing goofy costumes or leading the student section in chants or cheers, the CBU Crazies are always trying to promote friendly competition and school spirit. Being a CBU Crazies is a great way to meet friends and join a part of the growing CBU community.

“I find it funny that some of the students would bring cardboard cutouts of some players and celebrities to the basketball games,” said Kenna Morrison, sophomore mechanical engineering major.

While their antics may make it seem like the CBU crazies are not a serious group, they are an integral part of publicizing athletic events to the CBU student body. All while helping to bring attention to different sports events and athletic competitions throughout the year.

 “The CBU Crazies really get the crowd riled up and bring a whole new excitement to the [athletics] event[s],” said Spencer Thompson, sophomore mathematics and Christian studies double-major.

Even though fall events are canceled and the Crazies haven’t been able to attend any CBU sporting events or athletic competitions, the group is still optimistic about the potential restart of CBU sports.

“I am super excited for when CBU athletics start up again and I already have been planning future fun costumes,” Klarke said. “And I’m sure all the other Crazies and potential new Crazies are longing for the return of sports. Since there are no sports, there are no Crazies. It’s sad but makes us that much more excited for the season to start and hopefully allow fans!”

As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, collegiate athletic departments are struggling to maintain school spirit while protecting their athletes, staff and fans. 

Meanwhile, CBU Crazies and fans patiently await for the return of athletic competitions.

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