Jets Flight Crew

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Jets Flight Crew
Jets Flight Crew logo.png
General Information
Team New York Jets
Established 2006
Director Denise Garvey
Members 38
History
  • Jets Flag Crew (2006)
  • Jets Flight Crew (2007–present)
Website
Official Website

The Jets Flight Crew is a professional cheerleading squad for the New York Jets of the National Football League. The group was established in 2006 as the Jets Flag Crew, composed of six female flag carriers. In 2007, the group expanded and was appropriately renamed the Jets Flight Crew. The squad regularly performs choreographed routines during the team's home contests.

Denise Garvey serves as director of the squad.

History[edit]

Jets Flag Crew[edit]

The Jets Flag Crew was unveiled on October 15, 2006 during the Jets' home game against division rival Miami Dolphins.[1] The team stressed that the crew, composed of females who relieved their male counterparts, were "flag carriers" and not cheerleaders.[1][2]

Jets Flight Crew[edit]

Jet cheerleaders aboard the amphibious transport USS New York (LPD-21)
A Flight Crew member performs in a 2009 game against the Philadelphia Eagles
A Flight Crew member in a 2009 game against the Philadelphia Eagles

The Jets officially announced the creation of the Jets Flight Crew on August 7, 2007.[3] The Flag Crew had been well received the previous year, and the team felt it best to take the next step and organize an official squad that could actively participate during home games.[4] The intention of the crew was to "enhance the overall fan experience by bringing additional energy and enthusiasm to each home game."[3]

Jets Flight Crew cheerleaders during a 2008 game against the Miami Dolphins

Denise Garvey, a former Knicks City Dancer and Cowboys cheerleader, was brought in to coordinate the squad.[3] Given her expertise and experience in performance and dance, Garvey, with the support of the organization, held closed auditions, inviting forty-six young women to try out for the squad.[3] Of the forty-six, ten were chosen to become the first members of the Jets Flight Crew.[3] The organization continued to stress that the squad was not cheerleaders but rather a unique flag carrier/dance team.[5]

Following their inaugural season, the Flight Crew held open auditions for the first time in 2008, increasing the number of members from ten to twenty-two, as the squad had been well received among the fans in 2007.[6][7] The Jets announced their partnership with Marc Ecko, founder of Eckō, who agreed to design the Flight Crew's 2008 uniforms.[8]

The Flight Crew was expanded from twenty-two to thirty members in 2009.[9] In 2010, the Jets, again, increased the size of the crew to as many as forty members with Garvey noting that "We want to be the biggest presence we can be in the new stadium."[10]

Calendar[edit]

In 2009, a Flight Crew swimsuit calendar was introduced, a testament to the squad's growing importance within the organization and in the community.[11] The 2010 calendar featured members of the 2009 squad on beaches in New York and New Jersey while Linda W. served as the cover model.[11][12] The following year, shooting for the 2011 calendar took place in Aruba.[13]

Junior Program[edit]

Jets Junior Flight Crew[edit]

(2010–Present)
The organization introduced the Jets Junior Flight Crew in 2010, a junior program that offers children the opportunity to train with the Flight Crew while improving their "talent and abilities in a non-competitive environment."[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shorenstein, Marissa (October 22, 2006). "Wave Hello to New Flag Carriers". New York Jets. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ "No Penalty for These Flags". Newsday. October 25, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Shorenstein, Marissa (August 7, 2007). "Jets Flight Crew Preparing for Takeoff". New York Jets. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Jets' Flight Crew Set for Takeoff". New York Daily News (Mortimer Zuckerman). August 8, 2007. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ Allen, Eric (September 4, 2007). "View the Jets Flight Crew Before the Big Debut". New York Jets. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ Jets PR Department (March 20, 2008). "Garvey Paves the Way for Crew's Expansion". New York Jets. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ Jets PR Department (March 5, 2008). "Expanded Flight Crew Announces Open Auditions". New York Jets. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Marc Ecko to Design Flight Crew's '08 Uniforms". New York Jets. May 9, 2008. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  9. ^ Carlson, Tim (June 9, 2009). "An Official Cheer for the 2009 Flight Crew". New York Jets. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ Allen, Eric (January 27, 2010). "Growing Flight Crew Accepting '10". New York Jets. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Lange, Randy (September 10, 2010). "Calendar Event Is a Sign of the Crew's Growth". New York Jets. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Crew's Next Timely Project: Swimsuit Calendar". New York Jets. May 13, 2009. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Auditions, Aruba Calendar Shoot Ahead". New York Jets. April 27, 2010. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  14. ^ "NY Jets Junior Flight Crew Cheerleader General Information". New York Jets. January 27, 2010. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 

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