First Ladies of Football and Richmond Parks team up to give back

7/16/2013, 2:06 p.m.

The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders - also known as First Ladies of Football - and the city of Richmond's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities are teaming up to host a free Redskins Cheerleading Clinic for Richmond youth on Wednesday, July 17 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Richmond Coliseum.

Approximately 250 Richmond area children who participate in the Richmond recreation department’s cheerleading and other programs will learn dance and cheer routines from the nationally recognized Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. Following the lesson, the children will be able to participate in a Q&A with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders.

"Opportunities for Richmond area youth is part of what I envisioned when we pursued the partnership with the Redskins organization, said Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “Our parks department hosts a robust cheerleading program that will be greatly enhanced by this experience."

“The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders are thrilled to partner with the city of Richmond to give back to the city’s children – especially at an event that teaches young females sportsmanship and teamwork,” said Washington Redskins Cheerleading Director Stephanie Jojokian. “We are excited to teach area children cheerleading techniques, in addition to providing them with positive new female role models.”

Attendees will receive a free Redskins Cheerleader Clinic T-shirt and a free lunch provided by the department and the City of Richmond. Awards will also be given to participants for outstanding performances and sportsmanship.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our children, many of whom seldom have experiences outside of their neighborhoods, much less the opportunity to experience something as special as this,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. “We want to thank the Redskins organization for their willingness to partner with us in our efforts to provide Richmond’s children with a high quality of life.