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By Bob Labbe
For the Madison Weekly News
The 2012 season for the Alabama Hammers indoor football team kicks off at home on March 24. Taking over as Director of the Alabama Hammers Girls dance/cheer squad for the new season is Madison’s Brittany Jackson.
The long-time cheerleader hopes to put together a 15-member squad of women who will greatly add to the already exciting sport of arena football.
“The focus of our cheer squad is to make sure the community knows what the Hammers football team is and that we (Hammers Girls) are a group of good performers at dance and cheers,” said Jackson.
At 24, Jackson comes to the Hammers Girls top position as an experienced dancer and cheerleader. Last season, she was a member of the Hammers Girls. In the 2010 season, the indoor team was called the Tennessee Valley Vipers and she, too, was a member of the Vipers Vixen Dance Team. But her experience goes way beyond the three years since she arrived in North Alabama.
Years Of Cheer
Putting on a cheer uniform came at an early age for Jackson who began her cheering before she turned 10 years old. She began as a member of an All-Star Cheerleading team in her home state of Illinois and was a four-year member of her high school cheer squad where she was selected as team captain and MVP as a senior at Geneva High in Geneva, Ill. She also attended USA Camps in Hawaii and was a cheer coach.
“I gave up cheering after high school and concentrated on my studies in Finance at Illinois State University,” said Jackson, who graduated in 2009 from the school located in Normal, Ill. “Once I moved to the Huntsville area I thought of trying out for the Vipers Vixen squad as a good way to meet people and gain friends while getting involved in the community.”
Since arriving in the Tennessee Valley, where her parents and grandmother currently live, Jackson has busily worked in the manager training program at McDonald’s where she one day has plans on owning franchises with the national chain of fast-foods restaurants much like her parents who own McDonald’s locations in Harvest and Decatur.
For fun, Jackson collects giraffe figurines and stuff animals and reads mystery novels.
As for being a dancer, Jackson said an accident while she was in the fourth grade very nearly kept her from dancing or walking again. “Yes, I was a rider of horses when I was that age and one day when my horse became spooked, he ran wildly while I was riding horseback.”
“I hung onto the side of the horse before finally being thrown from the large, powerful animal. I suffered a slight back injury. I was lucky not to be hurt more seriously, but my father told me I was not to ride horses again.”
What It Takes
Today, the 5-foot-4 blonde beauty is in fine health and looks forward to the new season of Hammers football. She will host tryouts for the Hammers Girls on Saturday, Jan. 14th at the Von Braun Center. Tryouts are open to women age 18 and older. Possible squad members must be able to dance well, have a flexible schedule and have a smile that shines like a bright star.
“All those potential dancers should understand and feel very comfortable with the fact the Hammers Girls must have sex appeal and know that’s one of the reasons why the squad is part of the football program.”
Uniforms are provided for those who make the 15-member squad. Sponsors are currently being courted.
“Each squad member must understand and be willing to put in the work to be good performers,” added Jackson. “They must have good reputations in our community and be good role models. They must have good personalities and be able to interact with people at the football games and at special, personal appearances we will be a part of.”
“The Hammers Girls must be nice to look at and please the crowd,” said Jackson.