Hey Broncos Country!
My name is Megan, and this is my first year as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader! I can’t put in words how appreciative and excited I am to be a part of such an amazing organization. Everyone has been so welcoming and amicable since I joined the team and it’s been a great experience thus far!
I have yet to feel the thrill of a game, however I have had opportunities to meet and interact with some amazing people in our community. Although I have enjoyed every promotion and charity that I have attended, there is one in particular that I will never forget.
On the 4th of July, I had the privilege of meeting many of the competitors who participated in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
For those of you who have never heard of this before, it is the Olympics of injured veterans. There are more than 500 athletes (all U.S. military veterans, as well as Puerto Rico and Great Britain veterans) who compete in 17 different events. The contestants are of all ages; from newly injured veterans and rookies of the games, to world-class Paralympians. The competitors I met at this event are hands down the most amazing people and most talented athletes I have ever met.
The opening ceremony was held on the 4th of July and turned out to be an incredible event. Everyone was in high spirits, happy to reunite with one another and excited to compete in their specific events that they have trained all year for.
There was one moment during this ceremony that I will remember for the rest of my life. The whole experience was very touching, however I will never forget the overwhelming chills that circulated throughout my body as the national anthem was being sung. Everyone in the room was connected by one thing: their love and commitment to our country.
As I glanced around the room, I saw some veterans crying, some praying and some smiling. They have sacrificed their bodies and their lives for our freedom, and until that moment, I was never so thankful for the people who fight and protect our country every day. Later that week, I attended a few games on my own time to support and cheer on these outstanding athletes.
I figured that since they have dedicated their lives to my freedom, I could dedicate a day to watch them do something for themselves. It was an unforgettable experience.
I would like to conclude with this — To our soldiers and veterans: From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for everything you have done for our country. I realize our freedom is not free and I honor and respect you for your service.
For those of you currently fighting overseas — I pray every day for you and for your families. Come home safe!
God bless, and thank you.
Look for more thoughts from Megan and other Broncos cheerleaders as the 2010 season nears.