Howdy Broncos Country! I hope everyone has been having a safe and joyous new year so far! With 2009 in full swing, most of us are back to our busy days of work, running daily errands, and staying active. During the month of January the players are taking some time off before they get back into off season training, everyone around the country is watching the playoffs, and the Broncos Cheerleaders are staying as busy as ever! While we eagerly await news of new coaches and staff members, I think we need something else to think about to ease our anticipation! So today I’m going to fill you all in on what’s happening in the Cheerleaders corner!
As Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, one of our main responsibilities is representing the Denver Broncos organization throughout the community every day of the year. Being afforded the opportunity to be ambassadors of the Broncos is both a privilege and a responsibility that we hold very close to our heart. Charity and community involvement is truly one of the most sensational aspects of being a cheerleader, and we feel very blessed to be able spend time with all the remarkable members of the Colorado community. Of all the amazing places we visit during the year, one of our absolute favorites is our annual day at Craig Hospital.
Every December the entire squad spends the afternoon at Craig Hospital to bring some Broncos cheer to all the patients; we wear our festive Christmas outfits, perform a couple dances, and visit with all of the patients. The patients that are mobile come down to the gym to watch us dance, and then we spend time with each of them and sign posters and calendars. Following this, we walk around the hospital and visit the patients who are unable to make it down the gym. The most incredible thing about Craig is the spirit of everyone who works there and the positive attitude of the patients. People are not made to feel as if they are sick or helpless; the doctors and nurses create an energetic atmosphere full of hope and love. The recovery rate at Craig is exceptional, because the patients are intensely passionate about getting well, and the staff keeps them motivated and pursuant.
It is unbelievably inspirational to see people who keep their held high despite facing immense adversity. It is truly a lesson for us all to appreciate everything in our lives and to realize all the little things that we take for granted. Every year when I leave Craig Hospital, I spend the evening reflecting on my own life, and how lucky I am to have my health, family, and friends. Life can change in an instant, so we must live everyday to its fullest.
Along with Craig Hospital, we spend between 1,000 and 2,000 hours in the community each year. If you ever want to know where we will be, go to DenverBroncos.com, click on the Cheerleaders link, and look at the “appearances” section. You can see where will we be, when we will be there, and who will be there!
As the season ends, we no longer have weekly rehearsals to prepare for home games; however, we have to stay active, healthy, and in shape no matter what time of year it is. Though it may seem far away, April is a very intense month for the past season’s cheerleaders and cheerleader hopefuls.
Auditions for the Broncos Cheerleaders are held every April, and each year over 200 women show up with hopes of earning a coveted spot on the team. As the 2008 Cheerleaders, we have to work extremely hard in the off season; when we come to auditions, we are expected to be better than we were the year before. We have the duty to set the standard incredibly high; and if we fail to represent ourselves to the best of our ability, we will not be lucky enough to be a member of the 2009 team.
The most stressful aspect of trying out as a returning cheerleader is that we have so much to lose – we know how incredible and life-changing it is to be a Denver Broncos Cheerleader, and how spectacular it is to be able to perform in front of 76,000 screaming fans. It is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, and our performance at auditions determines whether or not we will get to experience it for another year. Now that’s what I call motivation!! So aside from working full-time jobs, being full-time students, attending charity and promotional events, and spending time with friends and family, we are also preparing for our “judgment day.” I will be sure to have more news about auditions as it gets closer. Needless to say, we are busy bees all year long; but our favorite time of year is definitely the thrilling and spectacular Sunday afternoons in the fall!
Have a wonderful week! Talk to you soon!
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