DCC Alumni Spotlight – Carrie Reeves
Carrie Reeves, also known as ¨Pooh Bear¨, was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader from 1994-1996. Carrie auditioned for the team while she was in high school, and found out she made the team on the night of her Senior Prom. She said ¨I was able to walk in and celebrate with all of my friends, I was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader!¨. Carrie and I had the best time and could have talked all day! We talked about everything from her experience on the team, to mine, to her giving me advice from her time as a cheerleader.
Prior to being a DCC, Carrie was a high school student and cheerleader. She mentioned how being a DCC was an eye opening experience. She looks back on her time as a DCC, with the unforgettable moment of walking onto the Texas Stadium field for the first time. “There will never be something that feels that good”, referring to that feeling of walking onto the field. This is something that we absolutely bonded over! Regardless of the stadium, that experience is one that you will never forget.
Carrie and I also shared the emotions that you experience as a cheerleader. From exhaustion to overwhelming pride to pure joy, we both experienced similar things. The feeling you get when you leave the house and might have forgotten something on the packing list, or the things you experience while you are performing to the Dallas Cowboys crowd on game day – it is all the same, regardless of the year.
I asked Carrie what advice she would give someone who is still on the team, and without skipping a beat she told me to “Stay grounded, follow the rules, and soak up everything”. Something, I think we should take with us for the rest of our lives. This is a once in a lifetime experience and I am beyond grateful that we are able to share that bond. As we wrapped up our conversation, we discussed the beautiful sisterhood. DCC is a group of women, past and present, that share such a special experience. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to speak with Carrie. We learned about each other, laughed, shared stories, and connected over the similarities and differences in our time on the team. This sisterhood is one of the best things in our lives, and that is something we will always appreciate and remember.