Hi, Broncos Country!
My name is Serita, and I am a current Denver Broncos Cheerleader. This is my sixth and final season on the team, and my first time ever posting on our blog! And I am excited to share with you one of my passions that has grown over the past six years as a DBC!
I have been an instructor for our Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders for six years. I instruct our teens group, which ranges between the ages of twelve and fourteen and I can’t get enough of them! It is an honor to be an instructor for our juniors program, especially this age group. These girls are at an age where many different situations and responsibilities present themselves, and choices are made which can affect them either positively or negatively, for the rest of their lives. If I have even the smallest part in helping build their self-esteem, guiding them with finding a passion in dancing and performing, or being a positive role model, then I have accomplished what I have set out to do!
We recently had a juniors clinic on Saturday, July 17th, and our theme was “Summer Fun!” The girls all came dressed up in Hawaiian skirts and shirts, floaties, sunglasses, flip-flops and flowers in their hair We had hula-hoop and limbo contests, which the girls really enjoyed! Two and a half hours goes by so fast when you are instructing, and the energy that fills our practice area is contagious! Being a teen instructor means that I have to bring myself back to when I was that same age, and I have to think about what I was going through at that time in my life. I must admit that I proudly know about Twilight inside and out and can sing all of the words to Katie Perry’s “California Gurls!” And you better believe that we gave away Eclipse t-shirts and pens to the girls for dancing with more energy and smiling bigger! A little bribery doesn’t hurt anyone!
These clinics are hard work, and none of us would participate in them if we weren’t so passionate about these girls. If I would have had the opportunity to meet a Denver Broncos Cheerleader, my childhood dream would have been fulfilled! And the fact that we get to spend so much time with these girls is a blessing in itself. They look to up to us as an inspiration when little do they know that they themselves are doing the inspiring.
These girls chose to be a part of our program vs. the many opportunities that Colorado has to offer. They get up hours before 9:00 AM on a Saturday to come to clinic, and let me tell you, that is hard for a teenager! And we have many participants that drive to Denver for these clinics that live out of state. Talk about dedication!
The Junior Denver Broncos program, and especially the girls who are a part of it, have changed my life forever. Hearing them gossip about who’s cuter, Jacob or Edward ( I’m Team Edward, to be honest!), tests they have coming up, and singing songs that are currently on the radio, puts a genuine smile on my face! They inspire me to be a better person and role-model, and remind me of the thirteen year old I once was. They remind me of the dream I had when I was their age, and the dream that I am now living as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader. Inspiration is a trait that comes from within, and can easily be caught from someone you admire, regardless of age. Who inspires you?
Thank you for reading my entry, and Go Broncos!
Look for more thoughts from Serita and other Broncos cheerleaders as the 2010 season nears.