Friday, March 14, 2008

Rams Cheerleaders Bring Spirit to Yongsan 

Posted by James at 9:49 AM ET

By Cpl. Im Jin-min
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
Community members got a taste of pre-Super Bowl fever Feb. 1 when the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders performed at Seoul American High School.

“We want to thank the Soldiers and their families for their causes overseas and the sacrifices they make for us and our country,” said Erin Donnelly, the cheerleaders’ troupe captain.

They displayed a set of dramatic choreographic performances, and fans came up on stage for some fun group push-ups and sit-ups.

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St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Megan B. leads about 30 Yongsan youth in a cheerleading clinic

“Today’s show was incredibly family oriented, a time everybody could enjoy,” said spectator Pvt. Kim Dae Woo.

Youth from the community got on the stage to show off their dancing skills along side their "teachers." Earlier in the day, the troupe hosted a clinic for young cheerleaders from the Seoul American Elementary School basketball team.

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The St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders perform at Seoul American High School

"I wasn’t a fan of the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders, not until today," said Gala Duckworth, whose daughter performed with the troupe. "Unlike many cheerleading groups I’ve seen before, they were very personal and warm. It’s not just a job for them."

Duckworth said that the cheerleaders were passionate, especially when they explained their charity foundation during the show.

Although the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders are widely recognized for their entertaining performances nationally and internationally, they spend much of their time with community service, reading books to children and supporting education and youth football programs.

"The most memorable part of our trip will be the interaction we were able to have with the troops and their children," Donnelly said. "Having the girls with us was a blast."

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Yongsan community youth join the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders on stage during their performance at Seoul American High School

Fans lined up after the show for a special session of autographs and photographs with the cheerleaders.

The show was sponsored by the Armed Forces Entertainment and the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation.


Cheerleaders Hold Clinic to Kids
By Sgt. Kim Sang-wook
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
More than 30 Seoul American Elementary School and Seoul American Middle School students participated in a cheerleading lesson Feb.1 from St. Louis Rams pro cheerleaders.

"We are here to teach kids few routines for the actual show,” said St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Mary Beth. "I had a good time with the kids and I think it is going to be fun tonight."

During the clinic, cheerleaders and kids practiced for the performance and had time to ask and answer about cheerleaders.

"I am excited because she is excited," said Claudia Smith, whose daughter, Octavius, participated in the clinic. "I think it was an awesome opportunity for the girls which will give them great inspiration."

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