I am not writing you this farewell letter to say goodbye, I am writing you this letter to say thank you. As I reflect on my last three years as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cheerleader (TBBC), I realize that all my childhood dreams have come true. Born in Tampa and raised by a family who adores the game of football, I could be found on game day rooting for my favorite team, the Bucs! The same butterflies I remember having as a girl, watching the Buccaneer cheerleaders, are the same butterflies I would get every game day I ran out of the tunnel and onto the field. With out a doubt, all I ever wanted in my dancing career was to be a Bucs Cheerleader.
Another piece that I will miss deeply is the relationship I have made with the numerous girls that have been apart of this program. The women on the team are so much more then a pretty face; they are intelligent young professionals who have taught me more about teamwork and leadership. I had the opportunity to be a captain for the past two seasons, which allowed me to pass down some traditions and tips that I had been taught. Through team retreats, line outings, team dinners, and numerous team events I have built a bond with these girls that could never be replaced.
Becoming a cheerleader changed my life, but I couldn’t have done it alone. Thank you to the Bucs community and office staff for always supporting the TBBC. Also thank you to the amazing women that I was able to cheer beside for three of my best years. My family always made me feel like I could do anything, and always gave me the encouragement I needed. Lastly, thank you to my amazing coaches, especially the most current coach, Tara. This program could not function without all your hard work, and I would not be where I am today without you believing in me! It has been an amazing ride and I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support!
Whether on the sidelines or in the stands, Go Bucs!