UD School Spirit
The spirit of the University of Delaware's "Fightin' Blue Hens" is legendary--hailing from the courage and ferocity of the Delaware regiment that fought for the birth of our nation in the Revolutionary War.
Our Fightin' Blue Hen mascot, 'YoUDee" (a member of the Mascot Hall of Fame), Student Alumni Ambassadors, marching band, "Cockpit," cheerleaders, and dance team boost UD spirit to even greater heights. Loyal fans, including students, faculty and staff, alumni, parents and friends, transform our sports venues into a sea of blue and gold. "Go Hens!"
YoUDee, the University of Delaware's mascot
Student Alumni Ambassadors are a diverse group of undergraduate students, selected through a competitive application process, who volunteer with alumni and the University president to encourage school spirit and foster a connection between alumni and students. A Student Alumni Ambassador should possess a positive and enthusiastic attitude, leadership skills, and experience and interest in community service. Student Alumni Ambassadors attend regular meetings to plan activities and assist with special University events.
The University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band is more than 300 members strong and is known throughout the Northeast as a performance ensemble with an innovative approach to entertainment and an emphasis on musicality. The band incorporates a variety of musical styles that appeal to a diversity of audiences. The band performs before more than 20,000 during home football games at Delaware Stadium, travels to select away games, and appears in exhibitions at high-school marching band festivals and at the Collegiate Marching Band Festival.
Calling all UD students! The Cockpit is the UD student fan group that shows support for all UD athletic teams. Be seen in the Cockpit this season at all UD athletic events. Be heard cheering for your fellow Blue Hens to help create an intimidating home field advantage. Be rewarded for your loyalty with giveaways throughout the year. Our members are loved by student-athletes, coaches, and alumni, but feared by opponents. On gameday, the Cockpit gives our fellow Blue Hens the motivation to make that final play that carries us to victory. TAKE FLIGHT!
UD has one of the most high-profile cheerleading teams in the country. The coed and all-girl teams can be found at numerous UD sporting events supporting the Blue Hens with their cheers, choreographed routines and elite stunts. The coed team also competes in the UCA National Collegiate Cheerleading Championships appearing on the ESPN family of networks. Scholarships are available.
The nationally ranked University of Delaware Dance Team performs jazz, hip hop, and pom routines with the skill and technique attained through years of dance studio experience. The 14-16 member team performs at all UD home football and basketball games, selected volleyball, lacrosse, and baseball games, and other University and community events such as Homecoming, Parents & Family Weekend, variety shows, and charity events. The team also competes annually at the UDA/UCA National Championships at Walt Disney World. Each team member receives a partial scholarship directly applied to tuition.