When Kriste Lewis became an NFL cheerleader last month, it was a big step toward making a difference in a world full of stereotypes. She joined the Saintsations, which is the New Orleans cheerleading squad, and it was not the typical cheerleading hire. She is a cheerleader making a difference!
For starters, Kriste Lewis is 40 years old. While most people think of a cheerleader as being in her early 20s, at least at the time of being hired, Lewis is double that age. I loved hearing her age as it provided me with proof that age truly is just a number, and it’s more the spirit that counts when you apply for a job or go after your goals. She is now one of 36 women on the Saints team.
As well, she is a Mom of two kids. Her children are 11 and 14 years old; they are both boys. I was struck by this detail too because stereotypes can hold less-than-flattering images of Moms as being out of shape. Lewis is throwing that stereotype on its face with her toned body and high energy levels needed to be successful in cheerleading.
In addition, this mother of two symbolizes hope for the many women who feel they have to give up on their dreams to fulfill their parenting activities. I have known women who think that they have to give up on their dreams because they are now Moms. Kriste Lewis is proof that you CAN be a Mom and have a career too – even your dream job!
In addition, Kriste Lewis has kidney disease, a condition she was first diagnosed with 14 years ago. It’s great that she is not letting illness stand in her way either. I applaud this woman for pushing aside obstacles and being a cheerleader making a difference! Watch out NFL, this is one determined lady with a great, positive spirit!
What lessons do you take away from the news of Kriste Lewis becoming an NFL cheerleader?
©2014 Christy Birmingham