January 15, 2016 | By: Amy Jones-Timoney

As they tumble down the length of the Rupp Arena court or the end zone of Commonwealth Stadium, UK cheerleaders John and Josh Marsh garner their fair share of attention.

If you are a UK Basketball or Football fan, you’ve surely seen them defy gravity as they tumble in tandem. But there’s a special reason why they are so in sync with each other. They are actually brothers who spent much of their childhood outside of Atlanta training at their mother’s gym.

“Our mom is our biggest critic, but she’s also our biggest supporter,” said younger brother Joshua Marsh, a sophomore animal sciences major. “She was the one that was in the gym making sure we were doing all the exercise we needed to be doing — whether it was cheerleading or any sport.”

That hard work paid off when older brother John Marsh landed a spot on the UK squad.

“Coming to UK was a dream of mine because UK Cheerleading is so huge in the cheer world” said John Marsh, a senior agricultural economics major. “Since 1985 we’ve won 20 championships, so this was a no-brainer if you got the chance. I’m just glad I got the chance.”

A few years later, Josh decided to follow in this older brother’s footsteps.

“He showed me the ropes, and he showed me the things I needed to do so I can be at the top tier,” Josh said. “We always like to challenge each other and that’s awesome. Both of us being here has been a blessing and our parents love it. "

The Marsh brothers’ parents are not their only fans. UK cheerleading Head Coach Jomo Thompson appreciates the spirit and dedication they bring to practice day in and day out.

“Having John and Josh Marsh on the team is wonderful,” Thompson said. “They are both so talented it is almost unfair. What makes it even more special is the work ethic and leadership they both exhibit.”

Read the rest of the story on UKNOW


Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, amy.jones2@uky.edu or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282, kody.kiser@uky.edu

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