Sunday’s Titans home opener will be a big event Sunday in Nashville, but the Titans Cheerleaders and the Director of Cheerleading Stacie Kinder are adding to the festivities by celebrating “15 Years of Cheers” with the alumni returning to LP Field for a big halftime performance. It is going to be a memorable day for all former and current TTC, but particularly for their four new captains in their first regular season home game. Hope all the returning cheerleaders from past eras have a spectacular time, and here are the four captains starting their own new era, from photos taken during last season’s Titans home opener…
A couple of weeks ago, we posted a news story about the upcoming reunion of almost 30 years of Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders at the Colts preseason game on Saturday, August 24th. Now alumni Colts Cheerleader Stephanie H has send us some terrific photos of the weekend’s activities.
Side note: the Colts were the VERY FIRST team in the NFL to have cheerleaders. Granted, they were the Baltimore Colts back then, but if you ask me, they can still claim those bragging rights.
Yesterday she wrote all about her experience at this year’s Miami Dolphins Cheerleader reunion. See what she had to say (and check out some photos) right here!
NFL Cheerleaders Hold Their 50th Reunion in Washington D.C.
Inaugural Reunion of Former NFL Cheerleaders Hosted by the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Alumni Association will be held on July 28.
By AnnMarie Baranik
Studio City Patch
June 26, 2012
The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Alumni Association (WRCAA) is hosting the first official reunion of former NFL cheerleaders at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center July 27-28, 2012. Studio City Patch’s very own reporter, AnnMarie Baranik will be attending as a Buffalo Bills Alumni. The timing coincides with the 50th Anniversary of The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders.
The WRCAA is proud to host the inaugural reunion of former NFL cheerleaders, including teams past and present. More than 350 ladies and their guests, representing as many as 17 NFL teams, will descend on our Nation’s Capital for one summer weekend, kicking off with an evening “Meet and Greet” on July 27.
“We are honored and excited to host the first reunion of NFL Alumni cheerleaders. We look forward to rekindling old friendships and establishing new ones,” says Terri Lamb, WRCAA President.
On July 28, the ladies will embark on a VIP tour of FedEx Field and notable Washington, D.C. landmarks. That evening, the premier cheerleader alumni reunion dinner/dance will be held in the Cherry Blossom Ballroom of the Gaylord National Resort. Keynote speakers will include Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell; the First Lady of Virginia and WRC Alumna Maureen McDonnell; Larry Michael, Sr. VP, Washington Redskins; Redskins legend Mark Moseley, and Stephanie Jojokian, Director/Choreographer, Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. Current recording artists (formerly NFL cheerleaders) and the 2012-2013 Washington Redskins Cheerleaders will entertain guests with live performances.
Founded in 1984, the WRCAA was the first professional cheerleader alumni association in the NFL. Current membership totals more than 800 women throughout the United States and Japan, who carry out the mission of supporting local and national charities through volunteer efforts.
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Neither searing heat nor flood producing rains could prevent the ten-year reunion of over fifty Adrenaline Rush Dancers. The ARD have been part of the entertainment at AFL Chicago Rush games since 2001, and their current Director Gloria Esposito celebrated the event with a ten-year reunion featuring a halftime performance and the participation of the alumni in the game break entertainment. The July 23rd game against Milwaukee was also Adrenaline Rush Dancer poster night.
Outside the Allstate Arena, the combination of heat and sudden rains left some roads impassable and about 70% of the traffic lights were not functioning. The Chicago Tribune’s front page headline read, “Sweltering heat, then rain. Repeat.” But inside the Arena, the current and former ARD were focused on performance and reuniting. When asked if the returning alumni would be more or less nervous than during their days on the squad, Gloria speculated that they might be more nervous performing for the reunion, since some had not danced in this type of setting since 2001.
But prior to halftime, alumni Wynne (in the red ball) and Dee (in the blue ball) participated in the “Hamster Ball” race. Wynne was also an NBA dancer and captain in both Chicago (four years) and Milwaukee (one year), and now is the director of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew and the IFL Chicago Slaughter Dancers, and Dee also danced for the Luvabulls. Wynne jumped out to a big lead, and in Tortoise and Hare fashion, became a little cocky, running backwards in the hamster ball. But with mascots and event staff around, Wynne was blocked in her tracks and Dee caught up. Mascot Grabowski then gave Dee a little hold back, which gave Wynne a small lead to plunge to victory at the goal line.
Pompoms and kicks might be in the past for 50-year-old Judith Ellis. But she’s not letting go of her 1970s heyday cheering for the green and gold.
At Saturday’s Edmonton Eskimos home game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Ellis and about 350 past and present Esks cheerleaders will perform a 60-year reunion show.
“We are going to rise to the occasion no matter how many pounds we’ve gained,” said the spunky Ellis, a cheerleader from 1974 to 1980, now married with two teenage daughters.
Cheerleaders from each decade — 1950s to 2000s — will perform a number at the halftime show.
“We have our old costumes but nobody can fit into them anymore,” said Heather Sheremeta, 43, a cheerleader in 1987 and 1988, now married with three sons.
Former cheer team members and coaches are descending on Edmonton from as far away as Germany and Austria.
A banquet will welcome nearly 500 alumni on Friday evening to reminisce and relive memories with a slide show. A fashion show will also feature the former Eskimo cheer uniforms.
“So much has happened. We are able to share this with each other,” said Ellis.
Doctors told Ellis she would never walk again after a driver ran a red light and T-boned her station wagon in north Edmonton in 2001. Ellis broke her lower back in two places.
Now she’s back to dancing her heart out.
Head cheer team coach Diane Greenough, who’s coached Esks cheerleaders for 14 years, said the experience promises to be nostalgic.
“I’ve known some of these girls since they were 14. It’s been really special.”