In yet another indication that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are determined to upgrade every aspect of the organization, the team will take an unprecedented approach to selecting its cheerleading squad in 2004.
The Buccaneers have announced a unique partnership with the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency, teaming up with the world-renowned talent outfit to conduct the search and selection of the 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders. The goal is to produce the most appealing squad in the NFL.
This partnership marks the first of its kind in the NFL. Wilhelmina agents will be selecting the squad, which entertains the crowds at all Buccaneers home games and also makes routine appearances at community and corporate functions.
"We are thrilled about our new alliance with Wilhelmina Models," said Mike Newquist, Senior Director of Business Administration. "In every area of our organization we look to be the best and through our partnership with Wilhelmina, we will accomplish that goal for our cheerleading squad. Our intention is to have the most beautiful, exciting and spirited cheerleaders in the NFL. Wilhelmina's expertise brings enormous credibility to our talent search."
Tryouts begin on May 15, with optional pre-audition classes running on May 10, 11 and 12. Women auditioning must be 18 years or older by July 1, 2004 and must have a high school diploma or GED. No previous dance or cheerleading experience is required. Tryouts will be held at the University of South Florida Sun Dome Corral.
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Wilhelmina's representatives will bring a new level of proficiency to the Bucs' selection efforts. The agency has decades of experience in uncovering talent all over the world.
"Scouting and developing new talent is the essence of Wilhelmina's core business," said Brad Krassner, President of Wilhelmina Models. "We are excited about the opportunity to join forces with a new partner, on a new playing field, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Our expertise in fashion and beauty will help elevate this year's cheerleading squad to new levels in keeping with the team's championship image. We see this as a great opportunity to associate the Wilhelmina name with one of the greatest teams in the NFL."
Wilhelmina Models was founded in 1967, by Wilhelmina Cooper, an internationally known model of the 60's and 70's famous for her beauty, elegance and fashion. Wilhelmina Models has been a leader in the fashion industry from its conception and continues to define the industry through representation of leading talent and celebrities, innovative strategic partnerships and national model searches and contests.