Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New Name for Buccaneers Cheerleaders

After referring to them as the "SwashBuclers" since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were introduced into the NFL in 1976, the franchise announced in a news conference today its cheerleaders have adopted a new name: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders.

The name change came in an effort to publicize the organizations cheerleaders on a national and international level. Over the past two seasons, in accordance with the Buccaneers introduction of their new logo, colors and state-of-the-art stadium, the cheerleaders have received an unprecedented number of national requests for profile interviews, photographs and civic appearances. The name SwashBucler, however, has not always been automatically associated with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"Many people around the country who arent familiar with pirate and nautical terms don't know what aSwashBucler` is," said team Cheerleading Coordinator Carole A. Wood. "Our squad is building such a strong reputation for its game-day performances and for its work in the community, and we want people around the country to associate the women with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization."

In accordance with its goal of gaining national recognition, members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders are scheduled to appear in such national publications as Joe Montanas In the Red Zone magazine and College & Pro Football Newsweekly. Additionally, one Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader will be one of six NFL cheerleaders to spend 10 days in Japan teaching cheer and dance clinics in conjunction with Japans summer professional football league. This honor comes courtesy of Olmstead Productions, the company that produces the NFL`s annual Pro Bowl halftime show.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jenny Egger Community Relations Media Coordinator Tampa Bay Buccaneers 813-870-2700, ext. 296

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