Sunday, September 09, 2007

Denver Nuggets Dancers to Boost U.S. Troops’ Morale 

Posted by Sasha at 12:56 AM ET

(DenverNuggets.com)ARLINGTON, VA, Aug. 20 -- The Denver Nuggets Dancers will bring their American spirit and extraordinary dance skills to troops stationed throughout Europe. The Nuggets Dancers will make appearances in Germany, Belgium and the UK September 2-9.

“The sacrifices the men and women of our military make on a daily basis are so unbelievable that we would like to do anything we can to help them and thank them,” said Denver Nuggets Dancers director/choreographer Sarah Schachterle. “When we go out visit the troops it always amazes me how appreciative they are, when in reality we are so grateful to them.”

This National Basketball Association (NBA) dance squad was created in the early 1980s and has evolved from being considered just “filler” entertainment between plays and timeouts during the games, to a staple of the Denver, Colorado community. The squad is involved with charitable and children’s organizations including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Race for the Cure, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics as well as a charitable event in Chihuahua, Mexico to raise funds for the community.

Team Director Sarah Schachterle and squad members Amanda Brophy, Kimberly Bull, Stefanie Buttars, Keri Grogan, Daniele Gutierrez, Heather Hartman, Kristen Holleyman, Nicole Hurdle, Megan Savage and Chalaunda Scott, along with Supermascot Rocky will tour Europe entertaining military personnel.

“This squad is so enthusiastic and energetic, there is no doubt their performance will be uplifting for the troops and their families,” said George Degrella, Armed Forces Entertainment regional coordinator for Europe. “The dancers and mascot really know how to get the crowd pumped up!”

Armed Forces Entertainment is the lead Department of Defense agency for providing entertainment to U.S. military personnel serving overseas, with priority given to those in contingency operations and at remote and isolated locations. The Department of the Air Force is the executive agent of Armed Forces Entertainment.

Founded in 1951, Armed Forces Entertainment brings a touch of home to more than 500,000 troops annually, embracing the best of Americana that stretches across all genres of entertainment. Visit www.armedforcesentertainment.com to learn more about Armed Forces Entertainment.

For more information on the Denver Nuggets Dancers, visit the Nuggets Dancers Main Page.

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