It’s a FastBreak Reunion

25 03 2015

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One of the things that people always like to “remember” about me is that I am a former Oakland Raiderette…and I am. However, before I ever stepped foot on an NFL sideline, I had the honor of dancing among some of the most beautiful dancers I have ever shared the stage with…as a member of the Sacramento Kings FastBreak Dance Team. It was the first professional (sports) dance team I had ever been part of, and it was a very memorable experience, from the great friends I made, to the the excitement of dancing on an NBA court and being part of the Sacramento Kings community.

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Well, this past weekend we had a “reunion,” where the Kings invited back FastBreak Alumni to once again hit the hardwood and dance for the crowd during its game versus the Washington Wizards. Not all the ladies made it back, but there was about 30 alumni who were able to make it for the performance. It was such good times…a real sisterhood and pleasure for me to stand among the same beautiful dancers.

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We did a minute and a half dance routine to “Uptown Funk,” during a second quarter timeout and overall, we all still “got it!” 🙂 And — one of the things that made this extra special for me was to have my family by my side, because for me, there’s no point in doing what you love if you can’t share it with the ones you love! <3

Watch a video of our performance, and see some pictures from the event below…

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Trivia Crack and ME

10 02 2015

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I had never even heard of “Trivia Crack” before the other day. It’s an online game, app, etc… Google Play lists it as:

Trivia Crack is the international smash hit game that pits friend against friend in different categories to determine who has the most trivia knowledge.

Okay, so the reason I am even mentioning this is because one of my friends apparently plays this and the other day a question about yours truly came up in the “entertainment” category! Imagine that…me a trivia question! haha

Anyway, she was amused by it and sent me a screen shot (BELOW). And — I’m happy to report she did answer that correctly. So, I guess this makes it official..I’m famous, right!?!? 😉

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Hometown Team

13 01 2015

I was home for the holidays and among the various family and friends outings that we embarked on…it was pretty exciting to attend a Golden State Warriors game with my family, siblings and their “others,” along with my Mom. There’s nothing like being able to support the hometown team, who after years of struggle and not being ranked among the best in the league – are finally back in the hunt! So here are a couple photos we took to mark the occasion!

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You KNOW You’re an NFL Cheerleader IF…

12 08 2014

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I’m a former NFL Cheerleader for 2 different NFL teams (Raiders and Cardinals) and recently we had a reunion with women representing 24 different teams over the past 50 years! Anyhow, my “roomie” for the event was Shannon Oleen, a former KC Chiefs Cheerleader turned Inspirational Speaker. She was one of the speakers during our Saturday night gala and delivered a great message to all the attendees, preceded by her very TRUE and very FUNNY “Top 10 — You know you were a (former) NFL Cheerleader IF…” She tested it (the list) out on me beforehand and she was dead on!!!

So, I wanted to re-post her blog and share it with all of you!!! And — to all my fellow NFL Cheerleaders (Alumni, Current and Future), would love it if you chimed in on just HOW TRUE this all is!!!

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Top 10 Reasons, you know you were a former NFL Cheerleader:

10. You know you were a former NFL Cheerleader, because to this day, you cannot take a photo without the classic top pop.

9. You know you were a former NFL Cheerleader, because you have the best grapevine in your Zumba class.

8. You know you were a former NFL Cheerleader, because you have mastered the art of putting on eyelashes or nails, while driving. Shhhh!

7. You know you were a former NFL Cheerleader, because to this day you can still educate any man about the game of football, all of the rules and you can spot a tight end from a mile away, because you know your football facts!

6. You know you were a former NFL Cheerleader, if you are out for a girls weekend and you happen to bust out into sidelines #6.

5. You know you were a former NFL Cheerleader, because you know exactly which number, and which shade of red lipstick suits you.

4. You know you were a former NFL Cheerleader, because you’ve been asked a 1,000 times how many, and which players you’ve dated.

3. You know you were a former NFL Cheerleader, because to this day, your husband’s cousin’s boyfriend still asks you if you can get free tickets to this year’s season home opener.

2. You know you were a former NFL Cheerleader, because every time you step into a stadium, you get that tingle in your belly when you hear the national anthem.

1. You know you were a former NFL Cheerleader, because at the NFL Cheer Alumni Reunion, we took over the dance floor all night long.



24 Hours in Atlanta

4 08 2014

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I had a whirlwind weekend in Atlanta this past weekend, and while I would’ve loved to have been able to have been there a little longer, it was an unforgettable 24 hours in the ATL. The reason that brought me there was to attend the 2014 national Football Cheerleaders Reunion. The event is still in it’s baby stages, this only being the 2nd reunion ever to include all Alumni from NFL teams across the map. I missed the 1st reunion in 2012, as I had just had my first child, but I knew I wasn’t going to miss this one! The Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders Alumni hosted this event, and did an absolutely amazing job putting it all together. I’m so glad my limited time did not deter me from attending, it was so totally worth it to be there for the Saturday night gala and stand among some 250+ women, all Alumni of the various NFL Cheers teams…even the ones that don’t exist anymore!

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There is nothing like being in a room full of women who have gone through the auditions, practices, workouts and game days you love and cherish. It’s an amazing almost indescribable experience, an instant bond, like being in a sorority, a real sisterhood where you KNOW these women KNOW exactly what it’s like to stand and cheer on the NFL sidelines.

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All in all, 24 teams spanning 50 years of NFL Cheerleading, were represented, some that don’t even exist anymore. So if you didn’t know…now you do. The Pittsburgh Steelerettes, Chicago Honey Bears and Houston Oilers Derrick Dolls all had alumni in attendance. And –while I was the lone Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader alumni, there was also a former St. Louis Cardinals cheerleader in the building!

In the photo above are current and former directors of NFL Cheer Teams…and in the center is Suzanne Mitchell, the original director for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, a legendary woman, who spoke to us about how it all came to be…it was such an emotional moment feeling the deep love and appreciation everyone in the room has for her, knowing she was a huge part in paving the way for what the opportunity has become today.

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I had a great time meeting A Raiderette sister, Elaine, who was an LA Raiderette before moving to Indy where she danced for the Pacers and Colts. I met the very sweet Lisa Guerrero who is a fellow broadcaster and former LA Rams Cheerleader…her resume also includes directing the Falcons and Patriots Cheerleaders. My roomie for the weekend is a fellow AFC West Alumni Cheerleader, Shannon Oleen who was a Chiefs Cheerleader. She is also an amazing public speaker who delivers inspirational messages and impressed at the Alumni Gala with her “10 Reasons You KNOW You’re an NFL Cheerleader.” All of them, so much fun!!!

There is nothing like line dancing and doing the “Wobble” with 200 plus former cheerleaders or busting out with game day choreography with your sisters on the dance floor. Cheers go out to Mickey Crawford who runs the Atlanta Alumni group and made this reunion happen, along with Terri Lamb who is the head of the Redskins Cheer Alumni group. I have had the pleasure of knowing them both for a few years now and I see their vision for uniting all the talented and amazing women who all share the distinction of being NFL Cheerleaders. I feel so blessed to have made so many new friends and just to be part of this elite network of women who are my sisters. I can’t wait for our next shin dig in 2016! Buffalo or bust!!!



On Set with Comcast Newsmakers

3 04 2014

I want to share some of my latest interviews as a Host for Comcast Newsmakers in Florida. The segments are great because I have the opportunity to talk with a diverse group of Public Servants, Lawmakers, Community Leaders and other “newsmakers” about a variety of topics that affect so many of us…. You can see all the current newsmakers segments online at www.comcastnewsmakers.com

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Below you can just press play to see some of my most recent on set interviews!

The Miami HEAT’s official DJ and founder of the Irie Foundation, DJ IRIE!

Estrellita Sibila of Philanthrofest

Discussing the topic of stroke with Dr. Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz

SunFest of Palm Beach County with Paul Jamieson



Alana Nichols x Sochi x 2014 Paralympics

11 03 2014

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Team Citi athlete Alana Nichols won a silver medal for Alpine Skiing in the women’s sitting downhill competition, before being injured in a crash while competing in the super-G at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi. Her agent released a statement saying she suffered a concussion and had to get stitches to her chin…OUCH! However, the talented athlete let it be known on social media that she is doing “fine.”



Alana, along with 8 other Olympians has teamed up with a U.S. Olympic, Paralympic or Community program in need. Alana is partnering with The Team USA Paralympic Champions Fund to increase financial support for athletes pursuing the dream of participating in the Paralympics, so they can aspire to go for the gold too!


A $500,000 donation by Citi’s “Every Step of the Way” program is up for grabs and you can have a say and decide where the money will go between any of the 9 programs the Olympic/Paralympic athletes have chosen! Just click to decide how much to award!! You can start by watching the video below to meet the Team Citi athletes, and learn about the various programs. Then go to >>  http://citi.us/1ek5E7S

GO U-S-A!!!

 

This post was created in partnership with Citi®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Citi Every Step of the Way

8 03 2014


Today marked the start of the 2014 paralympics in Sochi, and while many of us pay more attention to the “mainstream” Olympics event, the talented athletes who take part in the paralympics deserve to be highlighted too! Two of the paralympians representing the USA are Team Citi athletes…

Alana Nichols is a 2 sport athlete who can boast about becoming the FIRST American Woman to win gold at both summer and winter games. In 2008 in Beijing she earned a gold medal in wheelchair basketball and 2010 in Vancouver for Alpine Skiing. This time around in Sochi she will compete for more gold in Alpine Skiing. The other Citi athlete is Rico Roman, a US Army Veteran who is playing for Team USA in sled hockey at the 2014 Paralympics.

Both of these amazing athletes along with 7 other Team Citi athletes have each teamed up with a US Olympic, Paralympic or Community program in need….and YOU can help decide where Citi’s “Every Step of the Way” $500,000 donation goes! All it takes is a click and you can decide to award Citi’s donation to any of the 9 programs.

Watch this video and then visit the official Citi Every Step of the Way page to help decide where the money goes!! >> http://citi.us/1ek5E7S

  • U.S. Paralympian Alana Nichols is partnering with The Team USA Paralympic Champions Fund to increase financial support for athletes pursuing the dream of participating in the Paralympics.
  • U.S. Paralympic athlete Rico Roman is teaming up with the Operation Comfort to give wounded veterans the opportunity to participate in sled hockey by giving them the financial support and equipment they need to succeed!

So, what are you waiting for!?!? These programs need your help and these athletes are competing with everything they’ve got to make the USA proud! You make the call and help award Citi’s $500k donation.


 

This post was created in partnership with Citi®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.