NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Football League (NFL)
and American All-Star will give more than 1,000 young women from local schools
the opportunity to experience the excitement of Super Bowl XXXVI firsthand, at
the sixth annual NFL Super Bowl Cheerleading Spirit Clinic, Saturday, Jan. 26,
from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the Louisiana Superdome.
Founded six years ago by Super Bowl Pregame Show choreographer and
American All-Star president Lesslee Fitzmorris of Mandeville, La., the NFL
Super Bowl Cheerleading Spirit Clinic has developed into one of the most
exciting community outreach events held each year in conjunction with the
Participants at the clinic will learn football fundamentals from NFL
players, coaches and referees. They will practice cheer and dance skills with
cheerleaders from American All-Star, the New Orleans Saints Saintsations,
Nicholls State University Cheerleaders, Louisiana State University Golden
Girls, Tulane University Cheerleaders, and Loyola University Cheerleaders.
Participants also will meet five outstanding women, "Cheerleaders of Life,"
who will speak about their lives and the importance of getting a good
education, living drug-free, and striving to achieve one's dreams.
"We hope that the girls come away from the clinic with much more than
football fundamentals and cheer skills," said American All-Star President
Lesslee Fitzmorris. "Our goal is to affirm the value of education, instill
the belief that anything is possible through hard work and perseverance, and
promote staying away from gangs and remaining drug free."
The Cheerleaders of Life will include international pop star Jessica
Simpson, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), USA Today reporter Jill
Lieber, professional Visteon race car driver Audrey Zavodsky, and New Orleans'
own WWL-TV anchor Sally Ann Roberts.
Since the release of her multi-platinum album Sweet Kisses in 1999,
Simpson has become one of the most widely-recognized and respected new artists
in pop music. She has graced the covers of more than a dozen magazines
(including Teen Vogue, Seventeen, YM, FHM, TeenStyle, Teen, and Jump), become
an MTV staple, toured with Ricky Martin, and has established herself as a
tremendously influential role model for teens. She believes that with "inner
strength and inner light, nothing is impossible."
Senator Landrieu became the first woman from Louisiana elected to a full
term in the U.S. Senate in January, 1997 and continues to serve the state in
Washington, D.C. Her political experience found her elected to the Louisiana
House of Representatives at the age of 23 in 1979. After two terms in the
House, she served eight years as State Treasurer. Married with two young
children, Senator Landrieu is the oldest of nine siblings and the daughter of
former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu and Verna Landrieu.
In addition to conducting the clinic, Fitzmorris, is choreographing and
directing her 17th Super Bowl pregame show for Super Bowl XXXVI. The pregame
show, entitled "Freedom," will feature musical performances by Paul McCartney,
Barry Manilow, Yolanda Adams, James Ingram, Patti Labelle, Wynonna and the
Boston Pops, along with dance performances by the American All-Star Dance Team
and more than 300 local dancers.
Invitations to participate in the NFL Super Bowl XXXVI Cheerleading Spirit
Clinic were sent to all public and private schools in the New Orleans area.
The first 1,000 young women (grades 5-12) who register are eligible to
participate. For more information, contact American All-Star at 985-893-3009.
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SOURCE National Football League