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Military Visit Overseas Made A Difference For Melissa


It was Monday morning and I was filled with excitement for what I was told was going to be the most impactful experience of my life. I checked off my packing list over and over again and went over my routines in my head. I did anything I could to make the hours pass by quicker before it was time to board the plane and start our 15-day journey. We traveled for almost a full day. When we landed in Kuwait, the first people we met were our PSD (Protective Service Detachment).  They picked us up from the airport and knew all our names and faces off the bat. We were really impressed and at that point we knew we were safe in their hands. We had a night to rest before our first big day.

We woke up early and drove to Camp Beurhing. The very first thing we did was have lunch at the D-FAC (dining facility). The eight of us split up to different tables and sat with different service men and women while we ate. We did this for every meal, which I loved, because this was pretty much the only time we could sit down and have a real conversation. After “chow”, my teammates and I would share stories and tell each other about the people we met and the bonds we made. After lunch that day, we met the Army General Officers on base. We told them a little bit about ourselves and we got to know more about them, not only their life as a soldier, but back at home as well. After meeting the General Officers, we got to visit the airfield, and check out a few air crafts. I was even able to hop into an Apache Helicopter and was given a short lesson from one of the pilots on how everything works (I’m still in the beginners’ level, though). After touring the base a little more, we got ready for our first performance of the trip. All day we had been telling everyone about the show, but we had no idea it’d be such a great turn out. It was a packed and loud crowd, which gave our performance that much more energy. After the show, we signed autographs and took pictures. That night we had to say goodbye to our friends. It was time for our next stop, Bagram.

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Flying to Bagram was really cool, because we flew with the military in a C17. It’s a huge aircraft with seats along the side of the plane and cargo strapped down in the middle. When most of us heard the word “cargo”, we thought it would be crates and boxes filled with equipment. It turns out cargo can also mean two M-A TVs. That was definitely a fun ride. I mean, how many people can say they sat next to a massive military tank on a C17? We arrived at Bagram in the middle of the night. As soon as we got off the plane, we met our guide, Elissa, who told us what to expect for the next few days. We were given our IBA (individual body armor), and then Elissa briefed us on the safety procedures and took us to our bunks to get some rest.

The next morning we took a black hawk to the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) headquarters. Riding in the black hawk through the mountains of Afghanistan was absolutely breath taking. We flew with the door open and if you looked down you could see the streets and homes just below you. That ride was by far THE coolest experience of my life. At the ISAF headquarters, we met Four Star General Campbell, who took the time to meet with us and talk to us about the ISAF operations and the improvements made in the past decade. I could hear the passion in his voice while talking about his mission in Afghanistan. He showed his appreciation for our visit and for lifting the morale of his soldiers and we showed our appreciation for what he and his men and women do every day. After our meeting, we toured the rest of the base and had a photo and signing session with everyone. After our eventful day, we flew back to Bagram and called it a night.

The next day, we flew over to the NATO base of ISAF Joint Command in a black hawk again. This time I got to sit up front and wear the headsets, so I could talk to the pilots during the ride. We arrived at the NATO base, which had more than 30 representing countries. I thought this was so cool, because it was the melting pot of military bases, so many different languages and cultures working together on one base. We got to meet and perform for everyone and whether they were American, Italian, German, or Mongolian, they were all so happy to have us. Before we left, we met the Army Sergeant Major and Lieutenant General, who thanked us for being there. We were actually given our first challenge coin, by General Anderson. Coins are given to people who provide outstanding support. It’s considered to be a great honor to receive a challenge coin and to be given one by a man with such a strong character made it so much more special. We left the NATO base that evening and returned to Bagram.

We woke up the next morning, had breakfast at the D-FAC and stayed on base to visit the air field. We met the crew that inspects and fixes the aircraft weapons, the ones who check and repair the actual air crafts and then we met the flight crew for the A10 and F16 aircrafts. It’s crazy how many different jobs and responsibilities go into one single aircraft. Every job is important and everyone truly appreciates one another for what they do. It was nice to see that camaraderie. That night we made our way over to Camp Sabalu Harrison, where the Military Police showed us the MRAP vehicles. They were huge, but we managed to climb up into them and explore the inside. It was almost time for us to perform for everyone, but before we did, we had the chance to talk to the Commanding Officers of the camp. They wanted us to know a little more about the camp and its history. We learned that it was named after two fallen soldiers, Master Sergeant Sabalu and Colonel Harrison. We found out more about these men and why they had made an impact on everyone at that camp. By the end of our talk, I was in tears, but after hearing their stories I felt inspired and motivated to put on an amazing show for these troops. They were excited to have us and we had so much fun dancing for them. Although they weren’t there to see us, I feel that I performed that night in honor of Master Sergeant Sabalu and Colonel Harrison.

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We spent the next day touring the JOCC (Joint Operating Command Center) and met the 10th Mountain Division. Right outside this building is a piece of steel from the world trade center, marked “WTC 9-11-01”. Their unit brought it with them from New York to remind them every day why they’re there. I read the letters and numbers carved into that piece of steel and took a deep breath. This is what these men and women are defending. This wasn’t just a piece of steel. It represented all of us back home. It represented freedom, bravery, and fortification. It came with them to Afghanistan and when their job was done, it would travel back home with them. I thought this was a beautiful concept and a great way to help them remember every day that they are there with a purpose.

That night was the big show at the “Clam Shell”. I was so excited for this performance, because this was the camp we had spent the most time on. We told everyone about the show and had spread the word as much as possible. Just as we suspected it was a full house and I could see familiar faces out in the crowd. After we performed, we took pictures and signed autographs for everyone. The Clam Shell was filled with so much joy that night and I was so happy to be a part of it. We spent our last day making a few more visits around camp. Our last visit was the fire station. We met the fire fighters on shift who let us ride in the truck with them and showed us around the station. They told us about a fire fighter from their station that had passed away on duty. In the middle of the station was a locker with his name on it. Inside the locker was all his gear, untouched. They decided that it wouldn’t be replaced and every year they do a workout in his name. They graciously gave us gifts so we could remember them back home. That night we were getting ready to leave camp for our next stop. I remember getting teary eyed while packing my bags, because I didn’t want to leave. I met so many wonderful people at Bagram and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. Before boarding the plane, we hugged Elissa and our bus driver, who spent the every day with us. She thanked us from the bottom of her heart for visiting and lifting the spirits around the entire base and awarded us a challenge coin for our professionalism and charisma. What she told us after meant a lot to me and stuck with me for the rest of our trip, with a lump in her throat she said “thank you so much for making my boys so happy.”

We said goodbye to Bagram and boarded the C17. I think it was hard for all of us to leave, but we were excited for what was to come on the rest of our tour. Allison and I had a chance to sit in the cockpit during takeoff. It was the middle of the night, so I could see the stars like they were right outside my window and as cliché as it sounds; I actually saw a shooting star. That was another incredible view. After our long journey, we finally landed in Kuwait. This time we’d be visiting Camp Arifjon. The first people we met were the Commanding Officers. We went around and introduced ourselves to each other. We learned about the common goal at Arifjon and eventually it turned into a casual conversation about hometowns, favorite football teams, and what sports and activities we were involved in growing up. It was nice to see a different side of these higher ranking officers and I could tell they enjoyed talking about something other than work. After the talk, we were awarded with a certificate and a challenge coin. The General shook my hand and said “Thank you for being here. You really are making a difference”. All I could do was nod my head and smile. It wasn’t the first time someone had told me this, but it really sank in that time. We toured the camp and met some more troops. That night was our show. We met a lot of Dolphins fans at this base, which I thought it was so cool. They had all their Dolphins gear on and had us sign it for them. I never thought I would find so many Finatics in Kuwait. We had the next day off before our flight. We got to spend that night with three Marines in downtown Kuwait. We shared stories and told jokes over dinner. It was a great way to end our stay in the country. Later that night, it was time to board the plane to Djibouti, which meant it was also time to part ways with our amazing PSD. I thanked them for everything they had done for us and they thanked us for everything we did, and handed us a coin to show their appreciation. Each coin that was given to me had its own special meaning and with each one I received I was even more humbled.

We flew from Kuwait to Ethiopia and from Ethiopia to Djibouti. When we landed we met our guides and took a bus over to Camp Lemmonier. Growing up in Miami, I thought I could handle any type of heat. I was wrong. Djibouti is eleven degrees above the equator, which means the sun is unforgiving. I couldn’t imagine walking around camp all day, but these guys do it on a daily basis. The number one survival tip on Camp Lemmonier is to stay hydrated. After we settled into our rooms, we headed over to meet the Master and Senior Chiefs. We were staying in a naval base, so the rankings and names for people and facilities were different from what we were used to, which I thought was pretty neat. The Master Chief told us about what goes on at Camp Lemmonier and how it was different since it was a naval base. I really enjoyed our talk with the commanding officers. They were very welcoming and appreciative of our visit. They awarded us with a beautiful U.S. Navy coin and thanked us for coming. We then paid a visit to the medical center and met the medical personnel. We toured the center and on our way out, we met a man who was recovering from an accident. As soon as we walked into the room he couldn’t stop smiling. He was getting ready to get cleaned up, which can be a painful procedure, and for those few minutes we were able to take his mind off of everything. The nurses kept telling us what a hero he was and he would just modestly shake his head and say he was just doing his job. He didn’t say it in that super hero kind of way either, he said it with sincerity. I was glad we could be there right before he went into the operating room. I saw him later that day around base. He was patched up and feeling much better, once again with a smile on his face.

That night we were invited to join the troops for Karaoke. Now, I’m a dancer, not a singer, so I wasn’t sure how well this was going to go, but it ended up being one of the most fun nights of the trip. We watched different groups get up and perform and some of them were actually really talented. The floor then opened up to anyone who wanted to participate and my teammates and I went up and sang- you guessed it- Call Me Maybe. The patio was packed by the end of the night and I had met so many people. What I loved most about that night was that we could see the troops in a relaxed environment. We sang and danced all night until it was time to go.

The next morning we had breakfast at the galley and then headed over to a swim meet. There was a competition going on throughout the base called “Captains Cup”, where teams got together and competed in different sports and activities and the swim meet was part of it. After the meet, we got to watch a reenlisting happen and then visited the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), where I got to work the robots that are used to dispose of explosives. I also volunteered to try on the bomb suit. It was heavy, but I was somehow able to dance in it, which the guys found hilarious. We then stopped by the Navy Seal 303 Rescue Division. If you’ve seen Lone Survivor, this was the unit that picked up the fallen warriors after the mission. We were able to check out the actual black hawk that was part of that mission and I even got to sit in the Pilot’s seat. After that, we paid a visit to the QRF (Quick Reaction Force). This is the group that responds to any type of emergency, typically within ten minutes or less. They showed us some of the weapons they use and the tanks they drive. We took a few pictures on the tanks and stayed to chat for a little while.

That night was the performance, so we had some time freshen up and get all our costumes and props ready. This was our final show of the trip and we wanted to end it strong, so we were pumped for tonight. I remember peeking outside the dressing room and seeing a full crowd. We had already performed several times, but I was still as excited as the first night. The show was just as amazing as we expected and by the sound of the audience, I could tell they thought so too. After the performance, we signed autographs and took pictures with everyone. It was bittersweet knowing that this was our last night of the trip. After the show, a few cheerleaders and I got to meet some of the Commissioned Officers who couldn’t make it out to the show. We signed autographs for them and took pictures. We stayed for a little while so I was able to talk to a few of them. Some showed me pictures of their kids, I saw home videos of their dogs, but there was one who I remember most. We met him earlier that day at the EOD and he told me about his fiancée who he was going to marry when got home. He seemed stressed out about a lot of things, but when he talked about his fiancée, it’s like all his worries had vanished. I loved that anytime someone talked about home, the mood changed. Whether it was their dog’s hugs, their son’s laugh or their upcoming wedding day, there was something to keep them moving forward with their head high. I thought about all the things I have back home that I take for granted, the same little things that bring a smile to these men and women. After my talk with the EOD officer, I wanted to give him something for opening my eyes and reminding me why this trip is so important. I thanked him for everything and wished him a safe trip home and a beautiful wedding day. I went to shake his hand and inside my palm was an official Miami Dolphins coin. It was something to keep his head up during the rest of his deployment. He thanked me and said he wished he had something for me. I told him not to worry. He had already given me enough.

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It was our last day in Djibouti, which also meant it was the last day of our trip. Before we left camp, we toured a Navy Rescue boat and took pictures with the boat crew. It was almost time to leave, so we packed our bags and got ready. The entire time, I was thinking “this can’t be over already”. Two weeks came and went and suddenly this trip of a life time was over. In just two weeks, I had changed in so many ways. My view broadened and my gratitude grew. I wasn’t only grateful for what I have back home, but for who I have protecting me oceans away. On my way home, I looked back on the entire trip. I thought of the wonderful people I met, the difference I made for those people and the difference they made for me. I went on this trip to give back to these men and women, but what I gave couldn’t amount to what I’d be taking back with me. The plane landed and we were back in Miami. It was Monday morning and I was filled with happiness for what had just been the most amazing experience of my life.

Thank you to every person that has served and currently is serving our country. Your sacrifices are greatly appreciated back home.

With love,
Melissa

Military Appreciation Game Was Most Rewarding Experience For Kristan

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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!

-Kristan

Visiting Troops Leaves Everlasting Impact On Allison

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As I look back on this incredible journey, I cannot help but smile. The memories come flowing back to me like it was just yesterday that we were boarding the plane to southwest Asia. It was such an honor and a privilege to be the only rookie on tour. I had a blast representing my rookie class as well as the entire Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders organization. I met so many amazing people that have made an everlasting impact on my life. I have learned a new sense of hope, courage, faith, and patriotism from the brave men and women who fight for our country every single day. I was able to meet so many amazing people with inspiring stories to share. It’s the little moments and personal conversations that mean the most to me. I sat down one morning with a young man at breakfast and helped him plan out his proposal that he will set up for his girlfriend when he returns home from Afghanistan. That was a feeling of joy and connection that I will never forget.

This has truly been one of the best experiences of my entire life! I feel so blessed and thankful that I was able to be a part of this extraordinary tour. The men and women of our military will always hold a special place in my heart. I truly enjoyed being able to give back to our troops for all that they do for us! I will cherish the memories that I made with our military overseas forever!

-Allison

Being a Dolphins Cheerleader Is A Dream Come True For Lauren

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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!

- Lauren

Mariah Is Having The Time Of Her Life

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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.

-Mariah

Dolphins Travel Overseas to Visit Troops

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The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and Dolphins alumni will kick off the NFL’s Salute to Service initiative early this year.   Tomorrow, alumnus, Lousaka Polite along with Brianne, Melissa, Kasey, Jessica, Chantal, Jodi, Alexis and Allison will depart for locations in Southwest Asia and spend 15 days visiting with the brave men and women who serve our country in an effort to keep us safe and free at home.

This marks the fourth military tour for Brianne, the third for Kasey and the second for Melissa and Lousaka Polite.  Thank you and we wish you well on your journey overseas.

Taylor Is Passionate About Being A Miami Dolphins Cheerleader

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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.

Thank you,
Taylor

First Game for Allison
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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!

Allison

Second Game For Marina

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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.

Marina

 

2014 Fashion Show and Calendar Unveiling

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