For the second straight year, I had the tough task of serving as a judge for the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders auditions at FedEx Field this weekend.  It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.  🙂

In all seriousness, this is a highly competitive environment.  There are about 20 of us that gather to serve as judges for the auditions.  After everyone goes through the initial rounds, the judges gather and tally the scores.

There is a great array of ladies trying out … from various ethnic backgrounds, experience levels, geographic locations, etc.  There’s definitely a bit of nervousness as they introduce themselves and then perform a short dance routine in front of the judges.

As noted last year, the Redskins Cheerleaders are referred to as the “First Ladies of Football.”  It’s a terrific squad full of a group of smart and talented ladies.  They don’t just serve as cheerleaders for the home games at FedEx Field, they also do a ton of community service work throughout the greater Washington, DC area.  And, they also go overseas a few times a year to help support our hard-working and deserving US Military soldiers.  Being the son of a retired Army officer, I remember how much everyone’s spirits were lifted when celebrity guests from the US came to entertain us at the military bases in foreign countries.

The finals for the Redskins Cheerleaders Final Auditions will take place this Thursday from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Bethesda Theatre, 7719 Wisconsin Ave in Bethesda.  Tickets are $15 for general admission and $25 for VIP.   I encourage you to attend and to cheer on the NFL’s best cheerleaders (trust me, I was at the NBA All-Star Game in Dallas in Feb – where the Cowboys cheerleaders performed — the Skins Cheerleaders are much better)!