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A cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons must be aware of the requirement to either have a full-time job or be a full-time student, because cheerleaders only receive a small fee (approximately $100) for appearing at the ten home games each year. This is in the same range as other NFL teams such as the Dallas Cowboys ($150) and the Redskins ($75) for each home game.
Falcon Cheerleaders do have opportunities to receive appearance fees for attending other events that organizations or charity events might hire them. An organization can hire one, some, or the whole squad to sign autographs, perform a routine, model in photographs, or for speaking engagements and can request they wear the official cheering uniform or appearance clothes of pants and a jacket.
What Does It Take To Be A Cheerleader?
Tryouts to be an Atlanta Falcon Cheerleader take place in March every year. A cheerleader has a large time commitment since they have to attend practices at least twice a week for three hours, cheer at all home games, and then attend any special events as required. A Falcon’s Cheerleader must reapply every year if they desire to remain on the squad.
Cheerleaders have to be healthy and fit with an ability to dance, learn new choreographed dances quickly, and are photogenic. They have to look good in the required uniform and not be shy about being in a bikini on national TV. Because of the personal appearances that are required, cheerleaders must be able to speak clearly and represent the team appropriately while maintaining a cheery outlook and positive personality.
The cheering squad does not travel to away games; but, they did travel to Bermuda for the 2011 season’s swimsuit calendar.
In September and November, the Falcon Cheerleaders host a clinic for young girls interested in cheerleading. They provide a uniform and pom-poms to the girls and the juniors perform during a half-time show.
The Atlanta Falcons
Currently, there are 32 National Football League (NFL) teams divided into two sections; the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). The Falcons are part of the NFC. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Falcons played their first game August 1, 1966. The team jersey colors are red, black and white.
The home field for the Atlanta Falcons since 1992 is The Georgia Dome, where 71,250 fans can scream for their favorite team, laugh with the mascot Freddie Falcon, and marvel at the talent that is an Atlanta Falcon Cheerleader.
Jan Watts graduated magna cum laude from Cleary University in Michigan, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration. Specializing in accounting and business management, she has more than 25 years of experience across various business sectors. Watts has also contributed to several statewide Michigan newspapers.