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Video: Dozens try out to be a Ravens cheerleader

Video: Dozens try out to be a Ravens cheerleader


TRACIE POTTS, WBAL TV 11 NEW JENNIFER: THE QUESTION IS DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A RAVENS CHEERLEADER? THE TRYOUTS ARE THIS WEEKEND DOWNTOWN. >>THE RAVENS ARE THE ONLY TEAM IN THE NFL TO HAVE A MALE AND FEMALE CHEERLEADING SQUAD. AND IF YOU WANT TO TRY OUT, IT’S DEFINITELY NOT TOO LATE. DEANNA JOINS US LIVE WITH MORE. GOOD MORNING. >>GOOD MORNING, GUYS. LACEE: TELL US WHAT WE CAN EXPECT DOWN THERE. WHAT DO PEOPLE NEED TO BRING? >>WELL, YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR ENERGY FOR ONE. YOUR DANCE MOVES FOR TWO. AND THEN ALSO WE HAVE A COUPLE OF ELEMENTS OF IDENTIFICATION THAT WE NEED. SUPPOSED TO BRING A HEAD SHOT AND THINGS LIKE THAT. REGISTRATION JUST OPENED AT 9:30 A.M. YOU HAVE A SMALL WINDOW OF TIME IF YOU’RE STILL INTERESTED. LACEE: IS THERE A CERTAIN AGE NUMBER OR CERTAIN QUALIFICATIONS? BECAUSE WE HAVE A CERTAIN METEOROLOGIST THAT COULD PROBABLY DWUFE BE A GREAT CHEERLEADER. JENNIFER: MIRI WAS CAPTAIN OF HER TEAM. >>YEAH, THE MINIMUM AGE IS 18. SO YOU HAVE TO BE 18 BY APRIL 1. YOU HAVE TO HAVE CHEER EXPERIENCE OR DANCE EXPERIENCE THAT’S REALLY ALL THAT THERE IS. LACEE: HOW MANY SPOTS ARE YOU LOOKING TO FILL AND WHAT IS GOING TO BE REQUIRED ONCE THEY MAKE THE SQUAD? >>53 SPOTS AVAILABLE. CHEERLEADERS HAVE TO CHEER AND DANCE AND ALSO YOU HAVE TO REALLY BE ABLE TO REPRESENT THE RAVENS ORGANIZATION WELL IN THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT CHEERING ON THE SIDELINES. OUR CHEERLEADS ARE AT EVENTS AND WE REALLY MAKE A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT. SO THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT. LACEE: IT LOOKS PRETTY ACTIVE BEHIND YOU. PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO STRETCH AND PREPARE?>>YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. SO THE GROUP BEHIND ME ISN’T REALLY ALL OF THE GROUP. MOST OF THE FOLKS HAVE GONE INTO THE REGISTRATION ROOM TO GET THEIR HEAD SHOTS UNDER CONTROL AND THINGS LIKE THAT. SO THE FOLKS BEHIND ME ARE VETERANS. AND THEY WILL TRY OUT TOMORROW. SO THEY’LL BE HERE TO HELP TEACH THE GIRLS ROUTINE AND TRY OUT TOMORROW. LACEE: IT’S EASY TO BE STEREOTYPICAL ABOUT WHO MAKES UP A CHEERLEADER BUT YOU CAN HAVE MILITARY VETERANS ON YOUR SQUAD, NURSES, TEACHER, IT ONES THE GAMUT.>>ABSOLUTELY, WE HAVE ENGINEERS, TEACHERS AND MILITARY VETS. EVERYONE HERE HAS FULL-TIME JOBS OR THEY’RE FULL-TIME STUDENTS AND THEY DEFINITELY HAVE GREAT CHEERLEADER. THEY’RE ALREADY MAKING GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY. LACEE: MAYBE WE CAN ADD A METEOROLOGIST TO THAT LIST! >>HEY, COME ON DOWN. YOU HAVE SOME TIME. LACEE: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

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