This Saturday on December 10, 2011, six members of the Philadelphia Cheerleading squad will make their way to Kuwait for a Seven day United States military tour. This tour will be the third trip in four years that the squad will travel to the Middle East to pay a visit to U.S. military servicemen and women. During their visit, the girls are slated to perform various dance routines as well as offering meet and greet autograph sessions.
The tour is designed to entertain and boost the morale of the soldiers, many of whom have just completed lengthy tours of duty in Iraq.
Fifth year veteran of the squad, Lauren Mazza, will be one of the six cheerleaders making the trip overseas. “I grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and there are so many young men and women from my hometown that are currently serving in the US military and stationed in the Middle East. Participating in this tour is a way for me to show them my support and also to bring them a reminder of home, right before the holidays.”
Dani Hettinger of Reading, Pennsylvania, a second-year member of the squad, will also be making the trip. She said, “My mother is a Retired Colonel in the Army Reserve and so I know firsthand the dedication and sacrifice our Armed Forces and their families make on a daily basis. The level of duty, honor, and loyalty humbles me and I am looking forward to this opportunity to personally thank them for their sacrifices.”
Casey Baldwin of Glen Mills, Paige Bell of Media, Jessica Gonzalez of Swarthmore, and Danielle Kerns of Northeast Philadelphia will also be joining Mazza and Hettinger.
In years past, the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders have traveled to Iraq, Bosnia, and Kosovo for international goodwill military tours. The Eagles Cheerleaders have also been involved in making appearances at various military bases in the US including Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Willow Grove Air National Guard Base, and Fort Hood. Most recently, they appeared aboard the USS Iwo Jima during Fleet Week in New York City.
Pro Sports MVP is coordinating the whole tour in conjunction with the United States Army. “These outstanding NFL cheerleaders will have a tremendous impact on the military personnel serving our country. All of the participants have expressed their passion for our troops overseas and are looking forward to a successful tour and once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says David Chavez, President of Pro Sports MVP.