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!
To watch the Halloween Pregame Show from the Dolphins v. Bengals game on 10/31/13, click below!
For photos from the pregame show, click here!
I can’t even explain the feeling of being a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader. On those sidelines, on that field, in the Sun Life stadium, it’s amazing. Every game is just as thrilling as the last. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader.
of the cheerleaders were so pumped for the game to begin on October 31st, Halloween night, our home game was against the Cincinnati Bengals. All
Since it was Halloween we had a very different pregame performance planned. We had ‘glow-man’ suits on, and everyone in the stands was given flashing LED bracelets. When the lights turned off, the bracelets illuminated the stadium. Then, as the crowd roared, the fireworks went off, and lit up the night sky. It was such an adrenaline rush. What an opener, for such an amazing game ahead of us.
Once we were done with our opening act, we took the glow man suits off, and got to cheer on the sidelines with our skeleton costumes. They were the cutest costumes ever. We all just had so much fun dancing in them. It was definitely a Halloween to remember.
I mean, how many other people get to do something they love for an audience, and have fun while doing it! Speaking of things I love, I especially was excited for our end zone performance in our skeleton costumes. The dance was super creative, matched the music and everything else about the performance made it a spectacular production to watch.
Guess what else? During halftime, we had John Offerdahl’s Honor Roll induction ceremony! All of the cheerleaders escorted an Alumni player out to the field, and it was just an honor to be a part of this ceremony. It’s so fulfilling to be a part of this amazing team, and share these moments with the whole Miami Dolphins organization.
As if the game couldn’t have gotten any more exciting, the players were working hard on that field, and fighting for a win. All the fans in the stands were pumping up the stadium, screaming their loudest and giving motivation to our team. The game ended up going into overtime, and this was actually the first time I’ve cheered a game into overtime. At this point, my adrenaline was at an all-time high.
To put the cherry-on-top, Dolphins won 22 – 20, in overtime! It was the third overtime safety in NFL history that won the game. Everyone jumped out of their seats. Myself along with my teammates were going crazy with excitement. It is definitely our time Dolfans!
See you on the sidelines!
This year one of our alumnus, Marcie Siegel (MDC 1990-1992), is taking on the challenge of riding 170 miles in the Dolphins Cycling Challenge and raising money to help in the fight against cancer.
Here is her story:
The reason why I decided to do the DCC is that I am an avid cyclist, a Dolphins supporter and I have experienced the loss of two amazing young women this year alone.
First, my friend, Molli Serrano, who passed away from pancreatic cancer this summer, was an inspiration to me. She was an elite athlete and competed in Iron Man Kona (with cancer) last October. She fought the disease with courage, strength and hope.
The other person is someone I looked up to. She was a highly regarded doctor in Harvard’s medical community. Dr. Elizabeth A. Martinez, a Johns Hopkins-trained anesthesiologist and critical-care physician who worked in the prevention of hospital-acquired infections in surgical patients. She was committed and passionate in her field. Dr. Martinez was the author of more than 50 papers and spoke at medical conferences. She was the co-author of the 2007 book, “Avoiding Common ICU Errors,” which was translated into three languages.
Both these women lived life to the fullest, made a difference in our society and left their families proud of their legacy.
I have decided to take on the 170-mile ride to challenge myself mentally and physically and to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer. To prepare for this endurance ride I got up at 5:00 am four days a week.
Tuesdays and Thursdays I rode 35 miles before taking my daughter to school. Saturday and Sunday are my longer rides where I average 60 to 80 miles.
My hope is to bring awareness to cancer while doing something that I am passionate about which is to ride.
To support her ride, please click the link below:
The DCC’s mission is to serve by donating 100% of rider-raised funds to Sylvest
er, supporting healthy lifestyles, and encouraging community awareness and support of cancer research at Sylvester. In 2011, DCC II raised $1,070,000 for Sylvester, more than doubling the funds raised in the 2010 inaugural ride. Again in 2012, DCC doubled in ridership and in fundraising. The DCC presented a check for $2,200,000 to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on November 25th, 2012.
This is the second year MDC alumni have participated in the ride and fund raising. Last year, Shannon Ford (MCD 2001) rode in the Ft Lauderdale portion. It was a special ride for her as she was riding in honor of another alumni, Christna Cousineau , one of the original 1978 Startbrites under the direction of June Taylor, who was living with cancer. Christina lost her battle with the disease a few months after the DCC in 2012. Shannon has said that riding for someone made the entire experience all the more special. “Christina and her husband were waiting for me at Sun Life Stadium and cheered me on as I crossed the finish line. I was fortunate to spend the afternoon with her and her family. We kept in touch until her passing. Though her cancer was incurable, she never gave up hope and I feel honored to have had the chance to get to know her.” Shannon’s advices for alumni Marcie, “hydrate, pace yourself, thank the volunteers and have fun!”
My alarm went off at 6:00 am on Saturday October 26, 2013. I instantly became excited for the day, because I was going to a walk for Alzheimer’s at Hallandale beach. This cause hits close to home because many of my family’s friends struggle with Alzheimer’s.
The weather was absolutely perfect. The sun was shining, and there was a cool breeze in the air. I arrived at 7:30am and was moved to see the amount of people that were there, and that have been affected by this horrible disease. The proceeds of this walk were going towards the Alzheimer’s foundation, to help find a cure to this disease that affects millions.
The most amazing part of this walk was being able to talk to some of these families and hear who they were walking for. It was beautiful to see that even though they are affected by this disease, they had the most uplifting attitudes.
The walk was located right along the beach. The scenery was magnificent, the waves crashing against the sand, the breeze blowing through the palm tress, and the sun shining brightly. The other girls and myself did not want to leave. It made the walk for us so much more enjoyable knowing that we got to experience such a beautiful day, for an important cause. I can’t wait to participate for this walk again next year!
On the morning of September 11, 2001, I sat in my high school debate class when news unfolded that a plane had flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. I vividly remember the day and the waves of emotion, as news of the other crashes flooded in.
On September 7th, I had the opportunity to run alongside my teammates, the brave women and men who protect our country, and members of the community in the Tunnel to Towers 5k in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation offers support to children who have lost a parent and to firefighters and military that have been seriously injured and sacrificed their quality of life in the line of duty.
As we received our numbers for the race, we each shared our story about where we were during the 9/11 attacks. While each story differed, the common theme was that we knew our lives and country had been changed forever. At 8:30 am, as we lined up for the race, we spoke with several of the firefighters who were participating in the race. Many of which, were running the race in their full gear (60 pounds)! I started the race with Georgia, an avid runner. As she sped off, I kept a steady pace and found my motivation in my fellow runners and fans cheering us on from the sidelines. I finally crossed the finish line at 28:33 minutes. I’m looking forward to improving my time at each race, as this was my first 5k of the season.
The core belief of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation is that every time we change a life for the better, we change the future. One mother, father, brother, sister, daughter and son at a time … we can make the world a better place … and transform and transcend 9/11. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders share a common belief, as we strive to make an impact on the community.
I’m grateful for those who serve and protect our country. Their sacrifices afford my teammates and I an opportunity to enjoy our everyday lives, such as participating in a 5k on a beautiful Saturday morning!
On the beautiful morning of October 26, I woke up with adrenaline to participate in the 15th Annual Women In Distress Safe Walk-Run 5K at Tradewinds Park.
This event had teams, individual walkers and runners who participated in order to raise awareness about domestic violence and to raise funds for the much needed programs and services which Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. offers to victims of domestic violence in our community. I think it’s wonderful what this event embodied. It’s always a great feeling to be a part of events like this where the community comes together to support a cause.
On top of that, the weather was breezy which was awesome! This 5k was also particularly different from the ones I’ve participated in before because we were asked to lead the warm-up stretch which I knew would be fun to do. After we led all the participants in a warm-up the run began and it was nice to know everyone around me was there for a purpose. There was also many runners who ran with their dogs which I’ve never seen before at a 5k, so that was pretty cool to experience during my run.
After the run we got to meet the kids and families who participated and took pictures with the finalists on stage when they received their medals. This was an honor because it was such a sincere moment where they were all so excited to pose with us holding their medals. Overall, this event was very exciting and I loved the people from the community who I met that day. I was delighted for the opportunity to be able to represent The Miami Dolphins and I can’t wait to partake in the next 5k!
Norwegian Cruise Line and the Miami Dolphins announced today that the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders will christen Miami’s ultimate ship, Norwegian Getaway, as the official Godmothers. The Christening Ceremony will take place on February 7, 2014 on board Norwegian Getaway, the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami. The line also announced a partnership with the Miami Dolphins that designates Norwegian Cruise Line as the “Official Cruise Line” of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium.
“Norwegian Getaway is Miami’s ultimate ship, so the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders are a great fit with our brand as they are excellent role models and global representatives of South Florida,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and CEO. “There’s no better match here in Miami than to have these outstanding women christen our new ship.”
“We are honored to be selected by Norwegian to be the Godmothers of their newest ship, Norwegian Getaway. Norwegian Cruise Line is a first class organization and a well-known brand in our community, making this an ideal partnership,” said Emily Snow, director of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. “It is truly a privilege to be named as the Godmothers of Norwegian Getaway and we are anxiously awaiting the christening celebration.”
Norwegian Cruise Line is also partnering with the Miami Dolphins throughout the football season at Sun Life Stadium and is an official sponsor of the team. At each home game, ticket holders can picture how they would “Cruise Like a Norwegian” by having their photograph taken in front of a Norwegian Getaway backdrop and they can enter a sweepstakes to win a cruise for four on Norwegian Getaway. On-site ambassadors are available with information about Norwegian’s newest ship and overall fleet. During the Miami Dolphins “Salute to Service” in the third quarter at home games, a military hero is recognized with a cruise for two on Norwegian Getaway, courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line. Norwegian Cruise Line is also being promoted on the stadium television network for all events at Sun Life Stadium year-round, along with permanent signage under the scoreboard. The partnership also extends onboard Norwegian Getaway, as the ship’s library will house Miami Dolphins memorabilia highlighting the team’s rich history.
To celebrate the announcement of the Dolphins Cheerleaders as Godmothers of Norwegian Getaway, the cheerleaders will make an appearance at Norwegian Cruise Line’s photo area on the Grand Plaza (across from the Dolphins store at Gate G) at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, October 20 from 11 am to 12 pm. The Cheerleaders will be available for photos and will be giving fans commemorative posters.
Norwegian Getaway will sail seven-day Western Caribbean cruises departing every Saturday from Miami beginning on February 8, 2014. For more information on Norwegian Cruise Line, or to book a cruise, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com. Additional information on Norwegian Getaway can be found at www.getaway.ncl.com.
Have you seen our new game day intro video for this season? Ever wonder how it was made?
The effects-heavy video was shot on location at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility, Home of the Miami Dolphins at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL. The talented folks at Chauvet Lighting have created a behind-the-scenes video with exclusive interviews from the talented producers and editors on the Miami Dolphins Productions team (creators of the Cheerleaders viral lip-sync videos for “Call Me Maybe” and “22”) and the professionals from Chauvet discussing the creative vision for the video.
Behind the Scenes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2u4zkKivdw
Intro Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLBXygxIzeE