California Spirit Groups

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The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors and supports five 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.


California Cheerleading

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.

Dance Team

California Dance Team

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.

Mic Men

California Mic Men

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.



Oski is our loveable mascot. You can find Oski at all athletic events, university and alumni gatherings creating mischief and bringing joy and smiles to kids and adults alike.

Rally Committee

University of California Rally Committee

The University of California Rally Committee is the oldest student group on campus, serves the student body by upholding spirit and tradition. Above and beyond producing all rallies on campus the Committee is responsible for maintaining the Big C, display the California banner, the Cal flags, and constructing and executing card stunts at football games. Not to be forgotten is the California Victory Cannon, and when the Axe is in the possession of the University of California, the Committee is the custodian of the Axe.

Cal Band

The University of California Marching Band is one of the oldest college marching bands on the West Coast with this year being the 133rd year of our organization. The full band performs at every home football game and select away games, with our most recent game being at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana. The California Straw Hat Band has also traveled and performed in the Warriors Parade and Super Bowl! The current Cal Band, under the direction of Matthew Sadowski, boasts a membership of over 220 students, and is one of the few bands in the nation that still marches in the traditional high-step form. The Cal Band is also one of the few remaining student-run bands in the nation; members run rehearsals, choose the songs we play, create the field shows we march, coordinate the trips we take, and advertise our organization throughout the community. Go Bears!

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California Spirit
Director of Marketing & Game Presentation: Craig Peden (
Assistant Director of Marketing & Game Presentation: Owen Kaminski (
Webmaster: Andrew Hogan (

Head Coach: Chelsea Toler (
Cheerleading Leaders (

Dance Team
Head Coach: Areli Kovalevskij (
Dance Team Leaders (

Mic Men
Head Coach: Matt DelBonta (
Mic Men (

Rally Committee
Chairman (
Vice Chair of Membership (
Vice Chair of Rallies Owen Kaminski (
Treasurer (
Secretary (
Publicity (

Cal Band
Student Director (
Public Relations Director (
Drum Major (
Executive Secretary (
Senior Manager (
Director: Matthew Sadowski (

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