Charger Girls Cheerleaders
San Diego Chargers Cheerleaders
The Charger Girls are the official cheerleading squad of the NFL’s San Diego Chargers franchise. One of the premiere dance teams in the league, they have traveled to such countries as Germany, Japan and Australia.
When not donating their time to such charitable organizations as D.A.R.E., the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the American Diabetes Foundation, a number of the Charger Girls can be found appearing on television and in print.
The squad was officially founded in 1990, and they have since come to be managed by e2k Event and Entertainment, the top sports entertainment production company on the West Coast. e2k has also produced dance teams for the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and San Francisco 49ers.
Lisa Simmons – Charger Girls Cheerleading Director
After three years with the San Diego Chargers Cheerleaders (2002-2004), Lisa Simmons was named the squad’s new director. During her time as a cheerleader, she was a team captain and represented the Chargers at the 2005 Pro Bowl. Lisa received a degree in Sociology from San Diego State, and she began dancing professionally while still in high school.
San Diego Chargers Cheerleaders Auditions
There are many benefits to being a Charger Girl: performing in front of 70,000 people, participating in the annual swimsuit calendar, representing the Chargers on and off the field, national media exposure, making lifetime friendships and bringing joy to the faces of underprivileged children.
During the audition process, candidates will be judged on their showmanship, dance ability and charisma. Before reaching the finals, the participants will have to survive a series of cuts. The finals will grade a candidate’s interview skills and dance ability, and the final group will be selected based on this criteria.
To audition for the Charger Girls, one must meet the following requirements:
- Must be at least 18 years old. There is no maximum age.
- Must have a reliable means of transportation.
- Must attend a mandatory weekend mini-camp.
- Must be able to attend rehearsals twice a week, as well as all home games.
- There are no height or weight requirements, but all candidates are encouraged to be in good physical condition.
Charger Girls Community Service
Each member of the Charger Girls spends numerous hours working in the community. They entertain troops stationed in the U.S and abroad, and frequently work with charity organizations in the San Diego area. Each year, the cheerleaders for the Chargers dedicate over 1,000 hours to appearances at special events and volunteer work.
Members of the squad are also available to appear at award banquets, golf tournaments, sales meetings, fundraisers and much more. Requests for appearances should be submitted at least a month before the date of the event. For a request form, visit the Charger Girls section on the team website.
Junior Charger Girls
Open to young girls ages seven to fifteen, the Junior Charger Girls program gives participants the chance to interact with the San Diego Charger Girls and eventually perform a routine in front of over 65,000 fans at a Chargers’ home game.
In order to perform the halftime routine, each Jr. Charger Girl must raise at least $175 in sponsor pledges to help support the Chargers Community Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Famous Charger Girls
After hanging up their pom-poms, a number of Charger Girls have went on to achieve success in other fields.
The most successful of these is Charisma Carpenter. Charisma is most famous for playing Cordelia Chase on two long-running television shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. In 1991, Charisma Carpenter served as a San Diego Chargers cheerleader.