The military appreciation game was my favorite, most exciting and rewarding game thus far this season. We take for granted coming home and hugging our loved ones, talking about our day, celebrating holidays together, and, last but not least, watching football games with friends and family.
I was born 24 years ago on an Air Force installation during the Gulf War crisis because my dad was on active duty and packed to deploy. Growing up, I have a lot of memories that stand out about the military. We moved every three years and my dad wasn’t always present, but I had faith he would come home every time. When you are in the military, home is not a place where you physically reside, but a place where you make memories when you are together. The one constant memory that is near and dear to my heart is that I was taught integrity, love, respect, and the sacrifices these courageous men and women make each day for our freedom.
As I walked onto the field, my familiar goose bumps took over when I saw all the military branches wear their uniforms proudly. This feeling of appreciation once again reminded me how special it is coming together to sing our national anthem. It was an honor sharing the field with those who put their lives on the line so that we may live in freedom. It brought chills and tears of thankfulness to my eyes when I saw our American flag wave during the firework display to celebrate the home of the brave.
All of the military members were so thrilled to be a part of the player intro and our players surely showed their appreciation for the military during this game. The Dolphins were relentless and won by standing firm and never giving up. Having this opportunity to cheer for such a persevering team and being able to bring joy and smiles to the lives of others through dance makes me feel incredibly blessed. As a ‘Dolphins Nation’ we know that nothing is possible without the teammate next to you, which is also a key trait that the military holds. These are our heroes not just today, but everyday… we really are stronger together. We salute to your service!
I am truly overwhelmed with emotion as I think back to this past Sunday’s game. The sun in the sky, not a cloud in sight and the crisp, cool air made it the perfect fall day for a football game!
I arrived to the stadium around 8:30 a.m. to prepare for the Girls Scout Camp. This event allowed young girls from all over the state to come onto the field, learn a dance and perform as the music boomed throughout the stadium. Their faces lit up and their smiles took over the field as their parents watched proudly. I felt a little hand grab mine and as I looked down to see a young girl’s beaming face. She said quietly “I want to be just like you girls one day.” What an incredible opportunity to be a role model and a positive influence in the lives of these young girls! The heart that this organization has for the community is just one of many reasons that I love the Miami Dolphins.
As if it couldn’t get any better, we began to prepare for the game. The energy in the locker room and in the studio was ecstatic! My favorite part of preparing for a game is the time when all of the cheerleaders and the staff form a big circle in the studio and we say a prayer. We take a minute to focus and remember why we do what we do. We are thankful for the blessings we get to share on game day and for the opportunity we have been given to bring “joy and entertainment in the lives of others.” Talk about getting geared up for kick-off!
Then it is time to make our way towards the field! Walking through the tunnel still feels surreal and every time I step onto the field is like a dream come true. My body is overcome with adrenaline as the music starts. I spend the next few hours trying to take in every moment and striving to perform with perfection. It is a feeling that is truly difficult to put into words.
This Sunday’s game had a surprise that flooded the stadium with tears of joy. As the crowd applauded the Everyday Hero announced before halftime, an emotional video of 1st David Farquharson came on the Jumbotron. He was overseas and sending his love through a video message to his family on the field. In the middle of him talking, the connection started to fade. I was so sad thinking that technical difficulties were going to stand in the way of his beautiful message to his mother. Just then, he came back on the screen; only he wasn’t overseas, but on the field! It was amazing as he ran and embraced his mother! It was a surprise homecoming that I will never forget!
The halftime show for this game was the icing on the cake. Each cheerleader was allowed to ask a male guest to come perform with him or her on the field! Nervous and excited, my dad accepted! Due to loved ones being out of town, one cheerleader needed a partner. My older brother gladly stepped in and they flew down from Michigan to perform with the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders! They spent several days practicing with the team and rehearsed the routine countless times before the big show! Smiling at my dad as we did the “cha-cha” and “hitch-kick” up and down the 30-yard line, it is a memory that will last with me forever. How special to be on the field, doing what I love, with my family! Does it get any better than that?
Yes it does! The Miami Dolphins took a 37-0 win over the Chargers!
Not just being a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader, but cheering at this game in particular, really opened my eyes to how much of a blessing this whole process has been. Sunday was the perfect game and to say I am thankful is a great understatement. I have tried to take in the magnitude of each moment throughout this process, but being able to dance every day, being part of a team full of amazing women and to serve as an ambassador in the south Florida community has truly been the opportunity of a lifetime. Fins up!
Wow! It’s the fifth game of the home season smack dab in the middle of Pinktober. It feels like only yesterday we were back in training camp learning and perfecting our skills for the approaching season. Now we’re midway through the season. I’m wondering how it could be possible for time to move so fast!
I find that the nights before game day I can barely sleep! I mean, who can?! The excitement of cheering on the field as well as the nerves of performing in front of all the fans keeps me awake! So needless to say I start this morning on with a nice big cup of coffee! The hours leading up to kickoff start to wind down pretty fast, and the closer we get the more pumped I become.
We step onto the field sporting our pink pom poms and boot covers in support of breast cancer awareness, which is a cause near and dear to my heart. Seeing as breast cancer affects 1 in 8 U.S. women over the course of her lifetime, what better motivation do I need? I mean, besides aqua and orange, pink is my all time favorite color anyways!
Walking out of the tunnel for our pregame performance means game on! Let the fun begin! For our halftime show we performed with a group of extremely talented dancers from Show Stoppers studio under the direction of Susie Garcia and the incredible Nicole Henry who sang a cover for “I’m Every Woman” I was so honored to be entertaining the fans beside them all. We even incorporated pink sun hats into our routine!
The rest of the game is just a truly heart pumping experience. I’m literally having the time of my life out there cheering on our Miami Dolphins. And I couldn’t be more blessed and thankful for that opportunity. I have the best seat in the entire house, . What a thrilling game it was! Down to the very last second. I honestly can’t wait for next football Sunday to roll around.
I woke up on Sept. 21 feeling both excited and refreshed and ready for a great game. The game against the Kansas City Chiefs was our “Aqua Out” game. We received new pom poms and shorts to join the crowd in turning the stadium into a sea of aqua.
Before the game, we had an appearance which consisted of a short dance performance to get the crowd hyped up. As we lined up to perform I could see the stands filling up with our fans in their aqua.
There is not just one word that describes the feeling of cheering on the Miami Dolphins and our Dolfans make the experience special. We truly have the most amazing fans.
Throughout the game, looking up into the sea of fans wearing their aqua to support our team made me realize how special and once in a lifetime this experience really is.
Dance and cheer has not only been a hobby of mine, but also a passion. It is such an amazing and surreal feeling being on the sidelines cheering on the Miami Dolphins with such talented young women. I am so blessed be part of such an amazing organization.
The first game of the regular season was finally here! It was the game that I had waited for all summer. I had the perfect mix of anxiety and excitement as my car approached the stadium. What better way to start off the season than against our rivals the New England Patriots? As I pulled into the parking lot around 10 a.m. and already saw hundreds of tailgaters excited for game day, that’s when it truly hit me. We have the best fans in the world, and as a cheerleader, I have the amazing opportunity to bring joy and excitement to all the Dolfans out there! It is such an incredible blessing to be a part of this amazing organization.
As I entered the tunnel before making our entrance onto the field, I could already hear the roar of the crowd. It was so loud that I could feel the energy rushing through my veins. After our opening routine we lined up at the end of the field for the player introductions. The sound of the pyrotechnics and the blasts of heat from the fire torches made the pregame even more memorable. Afterwards, when we lined up at the end zone, the announcer stated that everyone in the stadium would be the voice of our national anthem. Hearing everyone in the crowd join in and sing at the top of their lungs was a true feeling of patriotism.
During halftime, we had the privilege of being able to dance alongside four talented women from the hit TV show “The Voice!” It was an amazing production. When the routine was finished we headed back over to our sidelines. I had so many different emotions as our team began to take the lead. The crowd was going wild! It was an unforgettable feeling to see the fans dancing along with us to our famous fight song.
Before we knew it the game had come to an end. Time really does fly when you’re having fun! The Dolphins had defeated the Patriots 33-20! With the help of everyone in the Dolphins community, we definitely proved that we are all Stronger Together! I cannot wait to be back out there cheering on the greatest football team!
Until then, FINS UP!
August 28 marked my second game day as a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader but more importantly, this was the day the Miami Dolphins concluded their 2014 preseason schedule. That night’s opponent was the St. Louis Rams.
The cheerleaders and I have been preparing for this season since the end of May. You never really know if you’re truly prepared until the task at hand is done. So, on that note, it’s safe to say that I took in every ounce of advice that I could possibly get during training and practice such as, “Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate,” “Double check your game day checklist,” “Give yourself more than enough time to arrive,” “Get your beauty rest” and of course, “Go over your routines because you do not know them as well as you think”. One of the most valuable pieces of advice I received thus far as a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader is “Being early means being on time and being on time means being late.” Those words will always linger in my mind as I prepare for practices, appearances, and especially game days.
After hydrating (they don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing!) and getting a good night’s sleep on Wednesday night, it was finally time to get into game day mode. I made sure that I continued to hydrate as I ate a healthy breakfast to start my day off right. I curled my hair, did my make-up, polished my boots, packed my bag and hopped in the car. I was off to Sun Life Stadium, of course way earlier than my call time because Miami traffic can be a dreadful thing some days.
It’s always exciting arriving to the stadium on game day because the dedicated fans are piling into the parking lots as eager as I am for kickoff. Prior to going out on the field with my team, we always circle up and link arms for a positive pep talk and prayer. This moment works wonders on game day; it calms everyone down, it gets my head in the game, and it makes me so grateful to be on such an amazing cheerleading team for the best NFL team, the Miami Dolphins. One last stretch and make-up touch up and it was time to hit the field!
This was the second home game for me being on the team but man oh man, it felt like the first time. I honestly feel like every time I step foot onto this field will feel like the first time because it is the most amazing feeling in the entire world to see all of the smiling Dolfans out in the stands. This game was particularly special to me because it was the first time my mom and my step-dad got to see me cheering on the field in uniform.
Our pregame performance went well and it was already second quarter. The Rams were in the lead but we didn’t get our hopes up. Whenever I am on the sideline and I find myself getting hot or a little tired I just glance around me and think to myself how lucky I am to be here on this field right now working with this amazing organization. The screaming fans, the hard-working players, my beautiful teammates, and the sunny skies above make me smile bigger than anything else could ever make me smile.
This final preseason game was so intense because the Rams were in the lead 13-0 until the fourth quarter. With a little over six minutes left, the Dolphins rallied and beat the Rams 14-13. The cheerleaders and fans were going absolutely wild. The Miami Dolphin’s Fight Song was blaring and that only means one thing…victory! Moments like these make my life seem like such a dream, I couldn’t be more grateful.
Wow! The 10th home game of the season. I cannot believe time went by as fast as it did. It sounds so cliché but to me it is still so surreal that I am able to cheer and perform in front of thousands of fans. Cheering at every game always gives me a thrilling feeling but knowing this was our last home game of the season made this such an emotional day.
I started off with my regular routine waking up at 7:00am to get my hair and makeup ready and then car pool with my teammates. Throughout the morning, my teammates were sending out text messages reminding us how long and memorable this journey has been and how grateful they were to have the team we have today.
Once I got to the stadium, I began unpacking my belongings and putting them in my locker. I just started looking around and started to take everything in and I smiled because of how happy I was to have experience this once in a lifetime opportunity with this organization.
Once the cheerleaders and I practiced our performances, we huddled up and prayed as we always do. It was a great moment for me and I really felt the energy. I was ecstatic to step onto the field for the last time as a rookie.
As we stepped on the field for our pre-game performance, I reminded myself of all the hard work I had put in order to be where I am standing today and it gave me such a warm feeling. We then performed and got ready to split up into our groups. My group and I did great. We were all just so excited. We were pumping up the crowd, dancing at all times and just enjoying the game.
This has been truly an amazing experience I will forever be grateful for the memories this journey has brought me. My group ended up being group of the game and it was such a nice way to end this game. Although we didn’t come out with a win it was a good game and we had such a great season full of heart and passion. Hope to see you on the sidelines next season as a veteran, and remember FINS UP!
At 7:30am on a Sunday morning, the average person would be hitting the snooze button on their alarm clock, thinking ‘anyone awake at this hour is insane’…but that person is not your average Miami Dolphins fan, and certainly not one of your Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.
Before my alarm even went off at 7:30am on December 15, I jumped out of bed and looked over the gorgeous Miami skyline, taking in what a gorgeous day it was for one of our most important and highly anticipated games of the season.
Every game day is exciting for a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader, but this particular game had that much more excitement added to it. December 15, 2013. We had been told from the very beginning that not only was this a sold out game with an amazing MDC halftime performance, but a win for our Miami Dolphins would be crucial in bringing us that much closer to a playoffs spot. #itsourtime.
Driving around the Turnpike and seeing Sun Life Stadium sends chills of excitement through me since first auditioning for the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders back in April. It is incredible how quickly this season has flown by…to think that we only have a few weeks left is bittersweet.
Before the game, our entire squad does various appearances throughout the stadium. For this particular game all of the MDC’s gathered toys for the Toys for Tots organization, and my group was fortunate enough to be able to present the gifts to the Marines on behalf of the entire team. It is an amazing feeling to be part of such a renowned organization that generously gives back to the community.
Our halftime performance was the much-anticipated “Partner Half-Time Dance” where girls on the team performed a routine in our gorgeous Santa Suits with a partner of their choice. Some of our lovely MDC alumni joined myself and four other current cheerleaders on the field at the beginning to perform a lyrical dance to Toby Keith’s “American Soldier”, as a tribute to our troops. This performance sent an emotional and meaningful message, which left the crowd standing on their feet in applause. It’s these moments that I can’t even begin to describe how lucky I feel to be a part of this organization, doing what I love in front of thousands of fans.
Throughout the entire game the Dolphins were toe-to-toe with the Patriots, who we have not defeated since 2009. It was evident throughout Sun Life Stadium that our boys were hungry and not going home without a fight. And fight they did…the last 27 seconds of this game felt like the longest 27 seconds of my life! The stadium was filled with 72,000 fans standing on their feet until the very last second, when our Dolphins defense held strong and ended the game with an interception in the end zone! Sun Life Stadium literally erupted with cheers as we proved to everyone that we deserve a chance at the playoffs!
December 15, 2013. A game that I will never forget, spent with the most amazing teammates and the best fans in the NFL! I can’t wait to see you on the sidelines for the Jets!
As I pulled up to Sun Life Stadium, I couldn’t help but think that there’s only three home games left in the season. I just can’t wrap my head around it. Hard to believe the cheerleaders and I have been at this since May 1st. Time flies when you’re having fun, right?
Everything feels like a routine by now. We arrive at the stadium before call time, attend our assigned appearances around the stadium, and rehearse our game day performances, all before it’s time to take the field for pre-game. The seconds we have waiting in the tunnel begin to feel like eternity as my nerves run wild, just as they did my very first game. That is one thing that will never feel like the normal routine: being out on the field.
Words can’t describe the feeling I get when I look into the stands and see the thousands upon thousands of roaring fans. Still feels almost surreal that I’m here. The Season 1 winner of X-Factor, Melanie Amaro, sang our National Anthem. Chills ran over my entire body. That girl can seriously sing! It was then just moments until kick-off and I could practically hear the adrenaline running through everyone’s veins.
This was a huge game! With playoffs right around the corner, we needed a win, and I could feel it coming. The first half of the game was awesome! A blocked field goal, an interception, I couldn’t tell you how hard it is to keep your composure on the sidelines during a game like this.
At halftime, the cheerleaders and I had the opportunity to perform with the AcroAmericas. They are an acrobatic exhibition team made of high school students that perform for audiences around the world, and we were lucky enough to share the field with them! Their routine consisted of intricate stunts, flips, pyramids and more. You will never see us climbing on top of one another’s shoulders with those boots, so it was definitely a half time to see!
As the last half of the game slowly came to an end, with just seconds left we were down by 4. We all held our breaths and our eyes stayed peeled on the field hoping for a touchdown. Unfortunately, the Carolina Panthers were able to take the win by the skin of their teeth! It would’ve been a great game to win, but win or lose, being a cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins will always be a win in my book.
See you on the sidelines,
After celebrating Veteran’s Day, the stage was set for the Dolphins vs. Chargers game on November 17th, which served as our Military Appreciation game.
As I arrived at the stadium, the sky was crystal blue and the temperature was just perfect (it’s finally beginning to feel like fall in South Florida!). There seemed to be a different buzz in the air. Perhaps it was all of the women and men in uniform. The cheerleader locker room was also filled with excitement. There is a lot of preparation behind the scenes and we couldn’t wait to share it all with the fans.
Prior to each game, we perform for the fans in the Ford Sideline Lounge. Our “Every Day Hero”, 1LT Nathan Rimpf, joined us in our studio for the performance. Nathan served as Infantry Platoon Leader with the First Infantry Division and stepped on an IED while deployed in the Middle East in July 2012. Nathan revealed that he received a signed squad photo while he was hospitalized and how grateful he was. My teammates and I were beyond flattered as Nathan put his life in jeopardy for our country. Nathan’s positive energy was infectious and we were eager to take the field and perform!
After our pregame performance, our service members joined us on the field for the player introduction. As Darius Rucker sang the National Anthem, an American flag the size of the field was displayed. Immediately following the Anthem, there was a flyover, which gave me chills!
During the first quarter, we wore a camouflage military jacket and different hats, displaying the branches of our Armed Forces – Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. We performed our first end zone to “Danger Zone”. If you haven’t seen Top Gun, drop everything you’re doing and watch it! “Talk to me, Goose”.
For the halftime performance, we changed into 1800s inspired Solider Uniforms. The main attraction was the air show, we formed “USA” on the field and as the planes flew over we proudly waived our red, white, and blue pom poms.
Throughout the game, the Jumbotron displayed beautiful clips of men and women fighting and serving our country, as well as a live feed from Kandahar, Afghanistan. These elements coupled with all of the service members on the field and throughout the stands, solidified how blessed I am, due to their sacrifices. It was an honor to recognize these invaluable members of our community.
To top it off, we had a win! Ask any of my teammates and they’ll tell you how much I love the fight song and Jimmy Buffet’s “Fins”. I proudly sang them as we left the field victorious!