NFL Cheerleaders: Behind The Scenes III

Suzette Lampard BrantleyAnalyst IAugust 26, 2009

NFL Cheerleaders not only talk the talk, they walk the walk. Or should I say dance the dance.

Motivating the fans to cheer on the team is our job on the field.  Entertaining a crowd with a smile on our face is what we love to do.

The Saintsations, along with most other NFL cheerleader organizations, go out into the community as good will ambassadors for their team.  We actually do most of our work off the field through appearances.

Contrary to popular belief, most of these appearances are NOT PAID!  That's right, its all charity.  Our pay, however, is priceless. 

We are paid with smiles and hugs from Special Olympians.  We love to take pictures with fans and sometimes people ask for autographs. Our favorite times are those spent in children’s hospitals or assisted living areas.  This is where our true calling really shows.

We bring cheer.

It's not surprising that two NFL cheerleaders founded "Sweethearts for Soldiers" in 2006.  Who remembers Bob Hope and the USO tours?  The tours are still around, but there are so many troops to be entertained that there are many going on all year round.

"Sweetening Soldiers Lives Everyday" is the motto they live by.  Not only do they go into war zones to entertain, they also make gift bags for the troops.

This is all done through donations. In only three years these ladies have produced two calendars to raise funds.  Through selling the calendars, they hope to make enough money to fly overseas to perform and sign calendars for the troops, as well as bring donated items.

Think of it as a Broadway show, where afterwards you get to meet the performers.  In most instances, we even throw a party! It's a Saturday night get-together for friends to have a good time while off from work.

As for the female troops, they receive moisturizers and other things they don't normally get in a desert.  I personally have committed to 20 pairs on hand-made earrings for the cause and can't wait to bring smiles to their faces.

Their work is far from over.  Their mission is to "help raise morale and bring a touch of home to our brave men and women fighting for our freedoms."  The "Sweethearts" are open to all retired NFL and NBA Cheerleaders who are interested that meet the criteria.

Maybe I'll break out that uniform one more time for such a great cause!

If interested in making a donation or buying ad space on the calendar please contact www.SweetheartsforSoldiers.com  or www.Sweetheartsforsoldiers.org.  Any and all support will be appreciated.

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