The St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders root for their team from the sidelines of every home game at the Edward Jones Dome.
In addition, they make public appearances throughout the year and involve themselves in a wide array of charity work.
St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders – A Tale of Four Cities
The Rams franchise was first created in Cleveland in 1936. In 1946, the team moved to Los Angeles. The first Rams Cheerleaders would appear in 1974.
After the 1979 season, the team started playing games at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California. While they kept the Los Angeles name, the team would play in Anaheim for the next 15 seasons. In 1995, the club moved to their current home in St. Louis, Missouri.
Rams Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar
Posters dedicated to the Rams Cheerleaders have been around for many years, but the popular St. Louis Rams swimsuit calendars would not appear until 2002. The most recent versions of this product feature 17-month calendars and 35 cheerleaders in full color. Measuring 14� by 11�, they also feature a team schedule.
Junior Rams Cheerleaders
The Junior Rams Cheerleaders are made up of 150 girls ranging in age from 5 to 14. Focusing on the technical elements of dance and cheerleading, this program culminates in a halftime performance at a Rams� home game. The enrollment fee is $250, and a non-refundable registration fee of $25 is also charged.
St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders Auditions
To be eligible to audition, you must be at least 18 years of age. Candidates must also be able to attend all home games.
In 2007, for the first time since the team moved to St. Louis, the cheerleading auditions were not closed to the public. Hundreds of fans and media members turned out to watch scores of hopeful girls be whittled down to a select few.
Each squad is composed of 30 girls, and former members have to audition like everyone else. Besides the physical aspect, each applicant is also expected to excel at the formal interview portion of the audition.
Girls who make the Rams Cheerleaders must practice every Tuesday and Thursday night from 7 pm until 10 pm. They must also attend a 3-day training camp in the summer and at least 12 public relation and charity events.
Cheerleaders for the Rams are paid $75 per game, and they also have the opportunity to travel abroad and promote themselves through various events.
As of this writing, the Rams� 2008 cheerleading squad was recently released. The members are:
The squad also travels abroad for public appearances, and Rams cheerleaders have journeyed as far away as Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico, Mexico City and Austria.
Famous Rams Cheerleaders
While all Rams Cheerleaders are successful, some are more famous than others. These former cheerleaders are among the best-known of the bunch.
Lisa Guerrero – After serving as a cheerleader for the Rams, Guerrero later became the entertainment director for both the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. After making the move to sports journalism, she was hired to act as a sideline correspondent for Monday Night Football in 2003. She has also guest-starred on Seinfeld, Frasier, The George Lopez Show and Sunset Beach and appeared in the pages of Playboy, FHM and Maxim.
Jenilee Harrison – After being a Los Angeles Rams� Cheerleader from 1978 until 1980, Harrison was cast on Three�s Company to replace a departing Suzanne Somers. She would later go on to star on the hit television show Dallas as Jamie Ewing Barnes. She also appeared topless in a 1987 edition of Playboy.
Dawn Gilliam – A former Los Angeles Rams cheerleader, Dawn has made quite a career for herself in Hollywood. She has served as a script supervisor for such projects as Mission Impossible III, Alias, Boyz n the Hood and the 2009 Star Trek relaunch.