Cheerleaders exist to get fans excited about the game. They also, at least sometimes, save people’s lives.

According to a news release by the University of Kansas:

At about 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Kansas cheerleaders, dancers and band members headed out of their hotel lobby to load the bus that would transport them to the Jack Stephens Center down the road where the KU basketball team was taking on Nebraska in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. As they approached the bus, the group heard someone yelling a short distance away in the parking lot, asking for help. Without hesitation, the spirit squad dropped everything and ran over to a Cadillac sedan with its hood propped open.

As they reached the scene, KU’s yell leaders and band members saw that a man was trapped underneath the car. Apparently the car had been propped up on a jack but the vehicle had rolled off the support beam trapping someone who had crawled underneath. It took nine spirit squad and band members to lift the car but once they did, the man who was pinned between the car and ground was able to crawl out. Covered in grease and blood, the gentleman was disoriented but otherwise ok.


The saved man, whom Kansas did not identify, was in Little Rock, Arkansas. The squad was in Arkansas for the game against the University of Nebraska.

Kansas won, 57-49.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer