Patriots Cheerleader May Be on the Sidelines, But She’s Also Back in the Game

By Jim Altman
FOXct.com

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There is little question that the New England Patriots have left fans plenty to cheer about so far this season. But if you just head 10 yards off the field to the Gillette Stadium sidelines there is one more reason to cheer.

Karen Link is a 23-year-old Patriots cheerleader from Terryville, Conn., and whatever team you root for, there is reason to cheer on Karen.

In 2007, on the way to taking her SATs as a high school senior at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Karen’s life came to a screeching halt–a car accident left her with a broken spine. “I knew I could not walk and I shouldn’t even try,” Link said. “There was a baseball sized lump on my spine and that was a sure sign of a broken vertebrae.”

Link underwent spinal fusion surgery and doctors told her she would never run or dance again as well as she had during her high school years.

Years of rehab followed, but through her college years Link found her rhythm once again by starting to work out, dance and by trying to regain the strength she once possessed. “I don’t do well with limitations,” Link said.

This year, without telling anyone, Link decided to go for the ultimate fourth and long shot and try out to be a Patriots cheerleader. About 320 women auditioned for the squad, and, after the final cuts, 11 new women were named to the team. “My mom actually called me, she saw [the roster] on line,” Link said. “I was just in disbelief that it actually happened!”

Tracy Sormanti, the director of the New England Patriots cheerleaders, said of Link, “I see courage, determination and discipline, it just makes her more beautiful than she already is.”

Lauren Schneider, another rookie Pats cheerleader added, “It’s inspiring to anyone who has had any setback or injuries in life to just keep going.”

As the Patriots drive toward yet another playoff bid, Link says to watch for her on the sidelines “To look behind me and see Gillette Stadium is absolutely crazy, good crazy.”

[Karen at Patriots.com]

Dolphins Cheerleaders Enjoy Victory Over Chargers

The Chargers brought San Diego weather (75, low humidity) to Miami but they left their game back in California as the Dolphins put on a whipping 37-0. The South Florida heat may be subsiding but the MDC are performing hot as ever. It’s “must see” entertainment as the cheerleaders emerge from the end zone tunnel with their signature gait to a 50 yard line pre game introduction performance.

The 42 member squad is very impressive as they demonstrate their athletic and dancing skills with riveting performances at each quarter and halftime break. The MDC are one of the most accessible squads as they are always out two hours before game time, on multiple spots in the Dolphin Plaza zone, to mingle with the fan base.

Re our photo strategy, it would be nice to settle in one corner and let each cheer line rotate to us but since the MDC change outfits at the break we hustle around each half to capture all four line groups. The line captains are BrittanyM, Melissa, Kelly and Brianne. Their co-captains are Macy, Alison, Courtney and Megan respectively.

Enjoy the photos and tune in next week when we highlight the recently concluded military tour that eight MDC members made to the Middle East. It’s a good story.

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Photo of the Day – November 10

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A Baltimore Blast Cheerleader at Saturday’s home opener.

Golden State Warrior Girls Finals

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The finals for the 2014-15 Golden State Warrior Girls were held at the Warriors Practice Facility back in July. Enjoy the photos.

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Falcons Cheerleaders Make JEZEBEL’s ‘Most Beautiful’ List

Atlanta’s popular JEZEBEL Magazine released their annual list of the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans and two Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders made the list.

By Emily Adams
Atlantafalcons.com

Atlanta’s popular JEZEBEL Magazine released their annual list of the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans and two Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders made the list.

Each year, Atlanta’s popular JEZEBEL Magazine releases a list of the “50 Most Beautiful Atlantans”, showing off the city’s most attractive smiles, but also the philanthropic work and successful businesses behind each one. This year, two Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders made the list – rookie Cara M., Ms. November 2015 in this year’s calendar, and second-year vet Micki J.

Over a course of a few months, with questionnaires, interviews, a photo shoot, and the inevitable waiting-to-hear-back period compacted together, the finalists were notified.

The team had just landed in Newark, NJ, a stop on their way home from London, when Micki checked her phone and saw a congratulatory email. Immediately, she knew what is was and quickly found Cara, forcing her to check her phone in hopes that she’d be able to share this experience with her cheer sister.

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When the surprise and excitement of making this year’s list subsided, both women reached out to their loved ones. Cara forwarded the email to her husband, Jeremy, the person who nominated her as a surprise, and to her mom. Micki blasted the email to her mom, who learned how to take a screenshot for a very special social media post about her daughter, her sisters, and her friends, including the one who had encouraged Micki to nominate herself.

“I was really excited,” Cara said. “I can’t believe they actually picked me. Looking through, these people have (great) jobs and I’m just a little girl in the world; just a small-town girl.”

Humbled by JEZEBEL’s decision, both women are still in awe. They each participate in local charities of their choosing, on top of cheering for the Falcons and having full-time careers. Their personalities are warm and encouraging towards anyone they meet, making them perfect, well-rounded choices for the magazine’s annual list.

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“When I look at the people who made it, I’m just like, ‘Wow, I know some of these people,’ ” Micki said. “When I think of them, I think about the energy they give off. I guess it’s a beautiful energy. You like being around them, they’re cool. They are attractive in more than a physical way.”

Be sure to check out Micki (page 90) and Cara (page 103) in the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans in this month’s digital edition of JEZEBEL Magazine.

Photo of the Day – November 7

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Eagles Cheerleaders Up For NFL Salute To Service Award

From PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Earlier this week, the NFL announced the list nominees for their 2014 Salute To Service Award. Among the nominees were the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders. Fans can vote for the squad by clicking here and tweeting their support.

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The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders travel regularly to active warzones to visit US military stationed in the Middle East, most recently to Iraq. While many goodwill military tours focus on larger installations, the Eagles Cheerleaders have volunteered to visit the most remote bases to boost the morale of troops serving consecutive tours of duty and where visits are extremely rare. The travel to these remote locations is considered more dangerous. For example, an attack had occurred in very close proximity to Camp Ramadi just two days prior to their arrival, yet the Eagles Cheerleaders have never let that deter them from volunteering. During their most recent visit to Kuwait, a sandstorm grounded their travel and extended their stay, which the cheerleaders embraced as an opportunity to spend the holidays visiting hospitalized servicemen and women and bringing a feeling of ‘home’ to members of the military at a time when they were missing their loved ones the most.

The Eagles Cheerleaders were proud to honor former teammate 1st Lt. Rachel Washburn as a Hometown Hero during an Eagles home game, which generated nationwide awareness for the accomplishments of women in the Armed Services. Rachel was an Eagles Cheerleader from 2007-2010 and now serves as a highly decorated Army Intelligence Officer, Platoon Leader, and one of the first female members of the Army’s Cultural Support Team, having served two tours in Afghanistan. Her intriguing story, brought to the forefront by honoring her as the Eagles Hometown Hero, sparked national appreciation for the bravery and sacrifices of women in combat.

In 2014, the Eagles Cheerleaders have been involved in volumes of programs and initiatives, a few which include: Volunteering during the USS Somerset commissioning in honor of the heroes of Flight 93 on 9-11; welcoming home World War II Veterans honored in Washington D.C. on the historic 70th Anniversary of D-Day; assisting in fundraising efforts for Wounded Warriors including the Walk for the Wounded and Wounded Warriors Amputee Football Team, visiting regional bases such as Joint Base McGuire-Lakehurst-Dix. After meeting Retired US Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills in February, one of only five quadruple amputees to survive combat in the Middle East, the cheerleaders became even more involved with specific veterans fundraising and awareness including volunteering with the National Veterans Wheelchair games, VFW posts, and Veterans Medical Centers.

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Photo of the Day – November 6

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One of the Ladies of the Ontario Fury

Cheerleader Shares Stories of Funeral Home Life

Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader Alice F. talks about what it was like to grow up in the family business, living next to Fair Funeral Home in Eden, NC, and the pranks they pulled on people

By Emily Adams
atlantafalcons.com

falcionsEmily Adams: Explain why you lived next to a funeral home growing up.

Alice F.: “I lived right down the street, less than a quarter of a mile. It was within walking distance and I would walk there a lot. It was my great-grandfather who started it, then my grandfather took over, then my dad from there. My grandfather’s house is right across the street from the funeral home — about 100 feet. It’s where my dad grew up and my uncle. It’s just been our entire family. My whole family works there. My mom does the flowers for the funeral home. A whole family business.”

EA: What was it like?

AF: “Since I grew up with it from such a young age, I didn’t understand why other people thought it was so strange. I thought of it as normal life. When I was younger, I would wake up, go to school. Most of the time I’d walk back to the funeral home because my school was right next to the funeral home and I’d go see my dad and hang out there. Then I’d walk back home. Me and my friends would hang out in the funeral home and pretend we were in a band. We would go into the chapel and turn on the mic and sing songs. We didn’t even think about how people were having funerals in there and constantly having dead bodies all around. I just didn’t really think about it. It was normal life.”

EA: When did you get to the age when you realized it was different?

AF: “It was in high school. People started asking me about it. ‘Is that weird? Your dad is the one that owns the funeral home, right?’ ‘Yeah,’ I’d say. ‘That’s so crazy.’ It was kind of that punk and Goth phase when people thought they were really cool and they wore black all the time. My friends thought it was funny and went to Hot Topic and got a shirt that said, ‘I put the FUN in Funeral.’ Which is funny because it turned out my mom got shirts made for us and we wore them as a joke on Halloween.”

EA: What was the creepiest thing that ever happened?

AF:: “There are stories. It was my great-grandfather that died in the funeral home. There is an apartment in the funeral home. He died in the shower. There are all these stories that say that people haunt the funeral home. We own the house next door, which is my great-uncle’s, and we think that my great-uncle haunts that place. But he’s a good ghost. We talk about it all the time. We go there and we’ll open the shutters, then they’ll be closed. Plants will be moved. Things will be out of place. But they are good ghosts.”

EA: Do you think anyone who has gone through the funeral home haunts it?

AF: “Probably. We get along with the most of our families. I don’t think they’d do anything bad to us. They’d probably just play some jokes on us which is normal.”

EA: Were you ever around any of the dead people?

AF: “Definitely. I helped my dad. I worked there throughout the summers in high school and college. I was officially on payroll, and still am when I go home.”

EA: What is that like?

AF: “It doesn’t really bother me unless it’s a bad situation. I’ve helped my dad and I think he is an artist now. He can transform someone into looking like their old self. It’s really cool to see, especially when the family is really upset. They’ll give us a picture of the person and how they want to remember them. I’ve watched my dad make this person look healthy again, like their old self. It’s amazing to see. I think that’s really been an inspiration to me. The fact that we can do this for people and it’s the last thing they see, it’s cool.”

EA: Was it a little spookier around Halloween?

AF: “We made it spooky. We would dress up and watch scary movies in the chapel; we’d pull down the screen. I didn’t know my dad had all this planned, and he asked, ‘Oh, do you guys want to go on a tour?’ I was like, ‘Sure.’ Me and a bunch of my friends went on a tour. I didn’t know he had my uncle lying in a casket. He was like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, there’s a body in here. We’ll just walk through really quickly.’ Then he was like, ‘Oh, hang on just a second, his tie’s messed up. Let me fix it.’ He was fixing my uncle’s tie, then walks away. My uncle popped up and said, ‘Thank you,’ and then went back down in the casket. My friends literally screamed to death and ran out of the funeral home.”

EA: Did you ever play pranks on people throughout the year? Around Halloween?

AF: “Oh yeah, all the time. We like to scare people. My dad keeps this animal down in the bottom of the funeral home called the Mongoose. He likes to scare people with it. He’ll bring it out and it’ll pop out. People will scream and run away. That’s a classic. I always like to tell how my aunt and uncle live in the funeral home. They like to scare all my friends.”

[Alice at AtlantaFalcons.com]

2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew

For the new season the Blackhawks Ice Crew switched to a more conservative uniform.

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Harrisburg Stampede Crush Dance Team Auditions are December 6th

The Harrisburg Stampede is holding open auditions for its Crush Dance Team on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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A Second Chance To Try Out For The Philadelphia Soulmates – November 15

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Photo of the Day – November 5

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An Inland Empire 66ers Dancer

Kaylee is the Vikings Pro Bowl Cheerleader

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At the 2014 Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader Showcase at the Mall of America last night, 6-year veteran Kaylee was announced as the squad’s 2015 Pro Bowl Representative.

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Save the Date – 2015 P-R-O Convention is June 27-28, 2015

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