Hey, Broncos fans!
It’s me again, Serita, signing in to chat with you about one of my most memorable weekends I’ve experienced, so far, in my sixth year as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader! There was laughter, dancing, eating, crafting, rehearsing, crying, and praying, all in one weekend! So let me break it down for you!
I am the Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders instructor for squad fifteen, which consists of young ladies between the ages of twelve to fourteen years old. This past weekend we had our squad-bonding event where we made triple-layered fleece Denver Broncos scarves.
The girls spent about an hour cutting their material and decorating them with rhinestones. They definitely made girl chat in between their tasks and got to know one another better, outside of the stadium.
While the girls were cutting their material, I was busy showing off my ever-so-original Denver Broncos fleece blanket that Alexzandra and her mother made for me! I know, I know, you’re jealous. Ha! Ha!
Afterwards, we ended the evening with some candy, cupcakes, the Cupid Shuffle and the Cha-Cha slide! Oh yes! Some of the parents joined in as well! All-in-all the event turned out even more fabulous than I had ever expected! The girls are closer than they were before, and I got to see a different side of them. Instead of me having a schedule to follow, I just hung out and let them do their thing and take control, and it was perfect!
On Sunday, the Denver Broncos played against the New York Jets for our Breast Cancer Awareness game. Unfortunately, we lost, but not without a good fight all the way to the end! An amazing moment occurred during this game that will stay with me forever.
We invited 100 breast cancer survivors and our Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders All Stars to perform with us during halftime. Of course, every single women and child were dressed from head to toe in pink, and at one point during the performance, we all formed a pink Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon.
Every single one of us was in awe: our All Stars because they had never performed on the field, with us, doing the same exact dance; our survivors because they had never touched the grass on the field before; and the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders because we were amongst some of the most bravest, strongest, and positive women, and seeing the faces of our All Stars who practiced so hard for this game, and it finally paying off.
We danced to Melissa Etheridge’s song, “I Run for Life.” It is one of the most moving songs I’ve ever heard, and to be dancing to it with breast cancer survivors truly was an honor that one doesn’t often get to experience.
I don’t think there was a dry eye on our team, at the end of this beautiful performance! Again, this was one of the most bonding moments in my career, and it will stay with me forever.
During this past weekend, another memory and miracle resurfaced for me while dancing with our survivors. It was another example of strength and commitment I witnessed while being in the presence of one of my Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders named Emily.
Last year, Emily’s mother, Kristie, was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer. You better believe that this young lady never let the smile leave her face whenever I saw her speaking with her mother at breaks during our clinics. Kristie made it to every clinic to watch her daughter rehearse for two and a half hours, and never took her eyes off of her. The bond between a mother and a daughter was truly apparent, and I was in awe every time I saw those two together during these times.
Even though Kristie was going through chemotherapy, she wanted to be there to support her daughter, which emanates the true meaning of strength, and love. I am happy to report that Kristie has been cancer free since May of this year!
Love, miracles, strength, and commitment are all around us, every day. Take the time to enjoy these moments because they may change your life, or someone else’s, forever.
A few hours, minutes, or seconds of listening, bonding, dancing, or laughing with a child or a grown woman, can change their outlook on life, or yours. These young ladies, and women, have changed mine in a matter of one weekend.
One beautiful, miraculous, weekend to remember!
Look for more thoughts from Serita and other Broncos cheerleaders throughout the 2010 season.