Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Bucs Cheerleaders Get Makeovers 

Posted by Sasha at 6:34 PM ET

By Paul Catala
Northeast News & Tribune Correspondent
Tampa Bay Online
April 28, 2008

Like the football players, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders' preseason training includes time in the gym and on the field.

The cheerleaders also need to make sure they look their best.

As part of their yearly training camp routine, the Buccaneers cheerleaders visited Tampa Palms on Sunday for their annual Makeover Day.

The 32 members of this season's squad visited New Identities Hair Studios on Amberly Drive for hair and makeup makeovers in preparation for the 2008 football season, as well as to get ready for their swimsuit calendar photography sessions and team and individual photos.

As cheerleader Jeni Summers, a six-year veteran of the squad, got golden-blond highlights added to her hair, team cheerleading and mascot coordinator Sandy Charboneau gave suggestions to New Identities hairstylist Cindy Walters.

"We need to keep it from looking like a mushroom. It looks better more slick around the face," she said. "It looks more connected that way."

Charboneau has been with the Bucs for 14 years — seven as a cheerleader — and said the relationship with New Identities has been great.
New Identities knows "what I'm looking for as far as the image of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers," she said.

Joining Charboneau at Walters' station, New Identities' co-owner Marc Rockquemore said it was important to him that the entire squad got a look and style appropriate to the football organization. It was the fifth year New Identities has been the team's official hair salon.

Last year, Makeover Day was filmed for the NFL Network documentary "Making the Squad: The Making of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders." Rockquemore, whose wife, Kelly, helps run their two salons — the other in Apollo Beach — said that when he was asked to establish a relationship with the team, it was an easy decision to make.

"It was a no-brainer for me," said Rockquemore, a former stockbroker and a University of South Florida alumnus. "I said, 'Absolutely.' We're lucky to have a pro football team in the area and working with them, you can't go wrong from a marketing strategy."

The cheerleaders were divided into two groups of 16, the first from 9 a.m. to noon, the second from 1 to 4 p.m. By the end of the event, all 32 cheerleaders were field-ready.

"I'm so excited to be here. We're just learning the rules, and this is something new," said first-year Bucs cheerleader Roseanne Strobel. "I'm not having big changes done, but it's all still a bit overwhelming."

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