CU cheerleader sings & plays basketball
LEBANON -- If Cumberland University offered a course in time management, junior Alyssa Freeman could probably teach it.
A transfer from Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS, the native Texan is enrolled at Cumberland on a combination choral performance - cheerleading scholarship.
As if those two activities are not enough to fill up the day (and evenings) of the average college co-ed, Freeman is also a walk-on member of the CU basketball team.
"I contacted Cumberland's cheer coach (Ruth Currie) about joining the cheer team. I love basketball and have played since I was little. I was messing around in the gym shooting and got to talking to Coach (Jeremy) Lewis about maybe playing on the team.
"I played in high school and at Tabor, so it's not a new thing for me to be so busy."
A Health and Wellness major from Midlothian, Texas, Freeman is often on the run going from class to choir practice, or from cheerleading practice to the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center for basketball practice.
"We had some injuries in the preseason and Alyssa really helped us in practice," said Cumberland women's basketball coach Jeremy Lewis.
"She's a good kid with a great personality. She gets it.
"She understands her role, she plays good defense in practice and rebounds hard.
"During football her priority was cheerleading because that's where her scholarship money is. The other girls really like her and we're glad to have her."
Freeman appreciates the fact that Cumberland is more than willing to work with her.
"Everyone has been so willing to help me with scheduling," Freeman said, "I'd rather be busy than sitting down watching TV."
Freeman, a 5-10 forward for the CU basketball team who has already performed acapella versions of The Star Spangled Banner before football and basketball games, is just continuing her routine from her days at Taybor College and in high school in Midlothian.
"In high school, I played basketball and sang in the choir -- I wasn't a varsity cheerleader, but I coached Little League cheerleaders," Freeman said.
"I've done all three (sing, cheer and play basketball) pretty much since middle school so it's all I've ever done."
She has auditioned for American Idol and The Voice as well as having won a statewide singing competition in Texas.
"Alyssa is committed to each activity," said Dr. Brian Killian, Director of Choral Music at CU said. "This makes her successful!
"She is also a fun person to be around ... great sense of humor and can take good natured ribbing as well as dish it out."
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