Reunited and it "Cheers" so Good!
As many of you may be aware, there is a pending lawsuit by a former NFL cheerleader against an organization. I am a former NFL cheerleader (7 years) and know the pay per game is nominal, but I did it for the pure love of the game, cheering, dancing, charitable work, and the sisterhood. The majority of my closest friendships are from that fun time in my life being a cheerleader. There were a few years when I made some great extra money with paid promotions. For probably the majority of the Pro teams when you are on the squad, you have to be a student, stay at home Mom, or have a full time job. I would always laugh to myself when people thought it was a full time job. It has been 20 years since I retired my pom poms, and I have some wonderful memories that I will cherish. Sure it would be great to make more money as a professional cheerleader, but there are many who have been given awesome opportunities as a result of their professional cheerleading paving the way for them. I felt so honored to have had the opportunity to cheer for the elite NFL. It is definitely an honor and a privilege and not a right to cheer/dance on a professional level. I do know there would be thousands of young ladies willing to cheer for free to have that chance to be in our shoes. What are your thoughts?
Thanks Maya!! Our alumni also help at auditions for no pay and we love it. It gives you that opportunity to relive it just for a moment.
I agree with you 100 percent. I cheered for the Atlanta Falcons during the 60's. Our pay was season tickets for one person It was a great honor and when I look back over my life -- it was one of my greatest memories. My brothers still brag about it and when their daughters found out you would have thought that I was some great star. Pay or no pay -- I loved every minute of it, would not take nothing for it and would do it again -- without pay.
CHEERS TO ALL OF US!!!
Thanks so much Jacqui for sharing your views!!