This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, the longest running cheerleading squad in the NFL. To commemorate the milestone, alumni cheerleaders from six decades embarked upon FedEx Field Sunday and performed during halftime of the Homecoming game against the Panthers.
Along with the current squad, more than 200 former cheerleaders from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s celebrated their history with music, choreography and authentic uniforms from each decade.
"Having the chance to reunite and celebrate with six decades of women was amazing," said Cheerleading Director and Choreographer Stephanie Jojokian, herself a one-time member of the squad. "It was an honor to meet women who cheered during each decade and learn about their experiences."
Founded in 1962 and originally named the Redskinettes, the cheerleaders have brought worldwide recognition to the Washington, D.C. area, the Redskins organization, and the NFL. During the late 1990s the cheerleaders became known as the First Ladies of Football. During their rich 50 year history, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders have done more than dance along the sidelines. They have raised millions of dollars for local charities, performed for the military in more than 40 countries, produced 15 swimsuit calendars, appeared on numerous television programs, and graced the pages of several national magazines. There is no question that their popularity will continue to grow over the next 50 years.