“The coaches came and approached us about doing it. Cause I think a lot the squads around the NFL were doing stuff for the Saints cheerleaders,” said Rob, one of the men on the stunt squad. “So they came to us with the option at practice, and we had to make an all or nothing decision.”
The cheerleaders also to many other events around the Baltimore area including a fundraiser for sickle cell research, a walk for the American Heart Association, a breast cancer research walk and many others.
“I try to do [the American Heart Association walk] every year,” Courtney said. “That means a lot to me because my father had a heart attack a few years ago”
One of the women on the dance team, Chrissy, has participated in a large number of charity events for the team. One her favorite events is when they visit St. Vincents' home for sexually abuse children, she said.
“It was great just to be around those kids, who don't have those parental figures in their lives anymore,” Chrissy said. “We really bring a lot to them, and they really just enjoy seeing us and the players. It brings this whole new perspective to them. And they love the Ravens.”
For Chrissy, who has been on the squad for five years, the most rewarding part about being active in the community is bringing joy to the children.
“I just did a sickle cell walk,” she said. “The patients were actually there. It was a lot of fun to interact with the kids and it really brightened their day. They were really excited to see us. Any kind of events with kids are my favorites.”
Sometimes community service for the Ravens involves more than just making money. Sometimes a simple cheerleading performance can put a little extra bounce in a young person's step.
“Sometimes we do get to perform for them, and their eyes just twinkle,” Chrissy said. “That little enjoyment in that day just brightens their life, and I really enjoy that.”