Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Dominate in SoCal

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are in Oxnard, CA for a two-day cheer camp. I wasn’t going to go, but James talked me into it. It was a lot of fun and I have loads of photos to post. But in the meantime, the Ventura County Star is all about the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. (Who says we don’t need the NFL in Los Angeles?)

Cheerleaders visit Hueneme, Mugu
Cowboys fans line up at naval base

Irene Maddox, Justine Phillips, Sarah Gourley, and Elizabeth Davis

One of the first in line, Samuel Ramon stood in front of about 20 people at the Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme, anticipating something he’d been waiting for since late July: the arrival of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.
“We tried to be the first in line,” said Ramon, of Lubbock, Texas.

The 42-year-old Navy utility technician has been an avid Cowboys fan since he can remember.

“I just want to take a picture and maybe talk to them a little bit … and we want to thank them for coming out here” he said.

A few minutes later, at about 3:40 p.m., six Cowboys cheerleaders wearing blue-and-white jackets and shorts emerged from the doors of the Navy Exchange, a supermarket at the base in Port Hueneme, where about 200 people were waiting. The cheerleaders are here in conjunction with the Dallas Cowboys football team training camp at the River Ridge fields in Oxnard.

The cheerleaders came to support Navy men and women and their families as part of their frequent goodwill events. They autographed photos and posed for pictures for about an hour. Six cheerleaders also did the same at Naval Air Station Point Mugu.

“There they are,” 11-year-old Paula Boutot said. Her father, Mike, is a builder in the Navy, stationed in Guam, she said.

The event was put on by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center of Naval Base Ventura County.

“Whether they’re our sailors or our military guys, just getting to show a little bit of special attention to them, to tell them thank you for all that they do for us and serving our country, that’s just a small token of what we can do for them,” said Emma Dawson, a cheerleader for the Cowboys. “Just having that honor is something that we hold very dear to our heart.”

The cheerleaders are heavily involved in goodwill events. They’ve supported veterans, helped deaf children and have done other goodwill events, according to the Dallas Cowboys’ Web site.

The cheerleaders have about four charity events and two performance shows every month, said Erin Boyd, appearance coordinator for the Cowboys. The events are done every year, she said.

Fred Appelzoller, a 41-year-old Navy utility technician from La Mesa, N.M., enjoyed the visit, adding that the public is supportive of people in the military but “sometimes look at the negative side of everything” in reference to the war in Iraq.

“At least you feel that people appreciate you,” he said.

“I think it’s very important, because they work so hard for us and for our country, so I think it’s really good for us to show them our appreciation and make them smile,” said Elizabeth Davis, a Cowboys cheerleader.

The crowd was diverse. Children showed up. Military men were there by the dozens. Even an 84-year-old woman showed up.

“I think it’s great. It’s wonderful,” said Helen Herndon, the 84-year-old, who was caught off guard by the appearance as she shopped at the exchange.

“It’s really important for them to get out of the regimented aspect of things” and have some fun, said Maria Croke, marketing director for Naval Base Ventura County, adding that there is a possibility the cheerleaders will come back because of the friendly relationship the base has with them.

Ramon got his picture.

“We’re big supporters, because they support us,” Ramon said. “It kind of makes you feel good.”

By Sam Richard, August 13, 2005

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