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Martin Jarmond saves a seat at March Madness for UCLA’s spirited seniors

Very little about Alicia Beebe’s senior year went right. The courtside seat at Pauley Pavilion for the UCLA spirit squad member was gone during the pandemic. By spring, when the dance team would normally be wrapping up its season, she hadn’t even met all her teammates.

With nothing else to lose, Beebe sent a direct message to Martin Jarmond on Instagram looking for a silver lining.

With the UCLA men’s basketball team playing in an NCAA regional semifinal, could spirit squad seniors still attend games, even if they weren’t cheering courtside?

UCLA’s athletic director was already on the case.