Monday, June 04, 2007

SHSU dance team member anxious to start with Texans 

Posted by Sasha at 5:50 PM ET

Katie Breaux
Staff Reporter
The Huntsville Item

Betsy Young will soon be living her dream.

The 22-year-old public relations major at Sam Houston State University was recently selected as a member of the 2007 Houston Texans cheerleaders squad.

Throughout her first year as a cheerleader, Young said that in addition to performing at Texans games, she will also make at least 30 appearances and practice three to four times a week.

As she is accustomed to leading crowded stadiums full of Bearkat fans, Young expresses no apprehensions or fears about starting her career as a Texans cheerleader.

“I can’t wait to walk out of that tunnel to see over 70,000 fans in the Houston stadium,” Young said.

Young’s 19 years of dance training and her experience with the SHSU Orange Pride dance team led her into the auditions and will be an asset, she said.

Although a demanding schedule and a trying year lie ahead of her, Young said she will be doing what she loves.

“There’s nothing better than performing in front of a crowded stadium of excited fans,” she said.

Although Young is currently the only Sam Houston State student on the squad, she is accompanied by Elizabeth Bond and Kristen Cook, who are both graduates of SHSU.

The auditions took place in Houston over a period of five days, beginning April 21.

On the first day of tryouts, more than 200 judges, including Andre Johnson and Dunta Robinson of the Texans football team, chose only 55 women out of more than 700 who attended, to continue to the final round. From those 55 finalists, a smaller panel of judges comprised of professionals directly involved with the cheer squad chose 34 women as members of the team.

The last cheerleader, who was selected by fans through an online poll, was announced on Friday.

Young is one of the countless students pursuing her dreams with the confidence and ability gained during her experience at Sam Houston State University.

“I just can’t wait to embark on this next phase of my life and my career, especially at such a high caliber level” Young said. “I’m honored to represent Texans football.”

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