Reliant Stadium won't see pre-season competition until August 7, 2008, but there's competition going on in Houston right now. Upwards of 600 women are dancing their hearts out fighting for just 35 spots on the 2008 Houston Texans Cheerleader squad.
Stephanie Stradley wrote a great article about this year's tryouts. I did some hunting on Google and found out just how amazing our Texans Cheerleaders are.
TryoutsTry to picture a "Dancing with the Stars" marathon. You have to be a Rockette with a series of front kicks and side kicks. You're there from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.. It's like a 13 hour spin class.
Then there's the interviews.
AppearancesEach of these women have to maintain a full time job or be a full time student. Then there's practices at least 3 times a week. And to top it all off, they make about 50 appearances in a year. It's a full time commitment.
The Texans Cheerleaders make a lot of meaningful appearances. They work with children at the Houston Texans AbilityCAMP. They work with cancer patients at the Burzynski Clinic. They put on literacy classes with the Boys & Girls Club. And they raise money every year for the Houston Texans Foundation & Teach For America.
Don't think these women don't know how to have fun. They make a lot of fun appearances too. See below: