The Full Redskins Cheerleader Story 1962-2004
From the "Redskinettes" to the "First Ladies of Football" the women of this program were the first, and remain the longest running cheerleading team in the NFL. Founded in 1962, and originally named the "Redskinettes," this team has brought worldwide recognition to the Washington DC area, the Redskins football team, and the NFL.
Partnered with the largest and most prominent Alumni Association among cheerleading teams—in 2003 over 900 strong—the women who have cheered and continued to support the Redskins have also helped raise millions since the team's inception and support more charities and community events every year.
Washington Redskins Cheerleaders
In the most powerful city in the world, the most popular professional sports team is only a part of FedEx Field. The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders are growing like a shot across the country and around the world. They are lighting up the airwaves and the media with new routines, uniforms, attitudes and have raised the bar of excellence for every other NFL cheerleading squad.
Adorned in burgundy and gold, flanking the field on every side and executing routines that would make even the fastest football player gasp for air, these ladies strive for one thing -- to make a difference.
Finishing their 41st season, The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders are the oldest active cheerleading organization in the NFL. On September 30, 1962, 30 talented and beautiful women made their debut as the Redskinettes. As they marched down the field in their Native American costumes to join the band, they stepped into history and the tradition began. In their 40-year history, these ladies have become the most talented, innovative, and personable in the NFL.
Since 1962, the Redskins Cheerleaders have toured China to promote American-made products; toured Turkey, Italy, Sicily, Spain and France as part of the USO; filmed TV commercials for Sasson and Barbara Ellen; been featured in National magazines such as Maxim, Newsweek, For Him Magazine, Ebony, Black Hair Magazine, Salon One and Cosmopolitan; performed with Latin sensation Ricky Martin, Larry King, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, the Pointer Sisters and Nancy Reagan; been featured on the David Letterman's top ten list; won the ESPN celebrity pool tournament; filmed two E! Channel specials among many other exciting opportunities.
In 1998, the Redskins Cheerleaders released their first annual swimsuit calendar, which was shot on location in the exotic Playa del Carmen, Mexico. In 2000, the Cheerleaders broke new ground with the release of the NFL’s most innovative swimsuit calendar, along with “Beauties on the Beach”, the Making of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Calendar Video, which featured body painted swimsuits and beautiful scenes from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Last year the 5th annual calendar was shot on location again in the breathtaking Dominican Republic. The Cover of the calendar was shot in front of the Iwo Jima Memorial. This year, the calendar was again shot on location in Mexico. The calendar features gorgeous, innovative shots including body-painting and a rhinestone swimsuit. All four Captains are featured on the calendar cover.
Taking The World By Storm
The Redskins Cheerleaders returned to the international stage in 1999 as guests of the Department of Defense, performing for U.S. troops in the Balkans (Bosnia, Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia, Hungary). They were the First entertainment group to perform for the troops after the war in Kosovo. For 16 days, the First Ladies of Football boosted morale and captured the hearts of more than 10,000 men and women of the military. Since that time they have traveled on 12 tours with Armed Forces Entertainment to over 35 countries. The Cheerleaders will continue to support the troops in years to come.
With their international appeal and stardom on the rise, the First Ladies of Football have transformed into the NFL cheerleaders of the millennium by breaking new ground with their sleek new style and amazing talents. From the simple, yet very visible redesign of the uniform, to the rejuvenated commitment to charity and community, these ladies have established themselves as the premier squad in the NFL.