Archive for January, 2009

Cheerleader M.D.

Melissa Hodges is a cheerleader for the NFL‘s Tennessee Titans. She is also a full-time molecular neuroscience researcher who is working toward a career in medicine. Yes, you read that correctly. She is currently cheering on Sundays, working in labs during the week, and attending Vanderbilt University as a grad student while single-handedly changing the stereotype of cheerleaders along the way.

Other cheerleaders she knows have successful careers in many other professions that you wouldn’t necessarily think cheerleaders would involved in such as advertising and law. She says that just because they like to dance and cheer doesn’t mean that they aren’t smart, intelligent people, and they’re trying to break that stereotype one-by-one.

You can read her full story here.


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Andrew Lang recently auditioned in Kansas City for the newest season of American Idol. He thought he would get some support from former cheerleader Paula Abdul by bringing his own cheerleaders to root him on. It did not go as planned. He didn’t make it through to the next round and due to the judges’ comments the cheerleaders were left crying.

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Crazy for Cheering

According to a story by the Associated Press in September, a 33-year-old woman in Green Bay, Wisconsin was charged with stealing the identity of her 15-year-old daughter to enroll in a local high school and join the cheerleading team.

In an update to that story, she was recently found not guilty due to mental disease and has been committed to a mental health facility for three years.

Records show that she attended one day of class at Ashwaubenon high school and practiced with the cheerleading squad while posing as her  daughter. Investigators found her true identity when she was reported as a truant and found that she had been jailed in a forgery case.

You can read the full story here.

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Has the fact that you’re an overweight, middle-aged man kept you from fulfilling your dream of becoming a cheerleader?

 Your dream can now come true.

 Apparently the Florida Marlins decided that baseball fans would rather watch people more like themselves than the girls who usually lead the crowd at professional sports games.  The Marlins Manatees will begin their second year as “Major League Baseball’s first all-male dance team” when the season starts off again in the spring. You can take a guess as to how they came up with their name.  During the team’s Friday and Saturday home games, fans can see the Manatees performing choreographed numbers to “everything from hip-hop and rock to disco and salsa.”

 Sadly, you’ve missed your chance to try out for this year’s team, so make sure you mark your calendars for next year’s audition in January.


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