Weekend Of Teamwork

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Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader Sara D. brings you into the world of what it's like to be a cheerleader with her diary posts on AtlantaFalcons.com. Today, she writes about the annual squad retreat, which begins tonight and goes through the weekend, and how important it is to building a team

Being a member of the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders is an amazing experience, and one I've valued beyond words. As I enter my third season on the team, I realize now, more than ever, how important the "team" aspect is. I know I've harped on it before, but we truly are a family.

This weekend, AFC will hold its annual squad retreat. This retreat is incredibly special to us, as it gives us time to get to know each other, work hard and have fun!

This year, in particular, our retreat is more important than ever before. We have a large number of rookies this year, which means there are a lot of new girls to get to know! I'm excited to spend time with all our rookies and welcome them to the AFC world, and for them to have their first real experience with everyone as a team.

Just as with everything else we do, our retreat takes on a "work hard" theme. Although we will be having fun, we also will be focused on learning choreography for the sidelines and will be in various seminars that focus on health and wellness, beauty, professionalism, the ins and outs of the Atlanta Falcons organization, and much, much more.

I look at the retreat as a three-day learning event — we learn about each other and get to know each other, and we learn the important and helpful lessons that we can take with us all season long and apply to our everyday lives.

Our weekend away from Atlanta together as a team sets the tone for the entire year and it's by far one of my favorite AFC events. I know you're thinking "How cool! I'd really like a behind the scenes look at everything they do at the retreat!"

Well, Falcons Fans, you're in luck!

I'll be documenting everything all weekend, and together with Jay Adams, we will put together an inside look just for you!

Get ready for big things this year — I'm beyond thrilled and proud to say that this blog has really taken off, and I've gotten great feedback across the board. Look for new features and stories right here on AtlantaFalcons.com.

As always, you can find me on Twitter @AFC_Sara or on Facebook.

Cheers!

Sara D.

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