Cheerleaders spring to life ahead of NFL season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- Cheerleaders spring to life ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars season. This year, 150 women came out, hoping land a spot as one of 34 ROAR dancers.

Christy Stechman Synda is the Senior Cheerleading Manager of Promotions for the Jaguars.

"We are looking for the entire package, someone who is fantastic great enthusiasm for the Jaguars," said Synda. "[We want] great ambassadors and role models."

Women 18 and up, spend the audition days practicing, prepping and showing off their best routines in front of six judges.

So, who are the girls behind the high splits and spins? They are teachers, medical reps, and even lawyers.

Lindsay Powell has been studying law for just over a year. She is hoping her rhythmic gymnastic routine will help her win the case with the judges.

"I am a professional working in this area and I can add diversity through my legal background," said Murphy. "Also I am a little older than the other girls so as part of the team, I can aid them in decisions and things that I've gone thorough before."

Caitlin Greer is trying out for what would be her second year as a ROAR. She says the girls are like family.

"There are definitely long hard practices but it is worth it when you get to walk out on the field and cheer on your favorite team in the NFL."

Hopefuls come from cities across Florida, Georgia and even as far as Japan.

Ayoko Ono is back for a second year of try-outs and she says her travel from Japan is nothing compared to the fun she has on the dance team.

"I think this team is the best team in the NFL so beautiful, talented ladies and they're so great."


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