New England Patriots Cheerleaders
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The New England Patriots Cheerleaders are the official cheerleading squad of the NFL's New England Patriots. The Patriots Cheerleaders perform various dance stunts at Gillette Stadium. The squad was formed in 1977. The squad currently (as of the 2011 New England Patriots season) has 27 members. The squad also makes appearances off the field with Patriots mascot Pat Patriot. The group also has a Junior Patriots Cheerleaders, with girls of ages 7–17 being allowed to join, with a fee of $425.00 per participant. The squad also releases a swimsuit calendar yearly. The Patriots Cheerleaders' auditions take place at Gillette Stadium. In 2008, the squad went to China to train Chinese dancers for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
In 2008, a Patriots cheerleader was kicked off the team after photos of her drawing penises, sexual and anti-semitic terms, as well as a pair of swastikas circulated on Facebook. According to a statement released by TMZ, she does not assume responsibility for the incident, and claimed that "the kid in the picture was a 'drunk guy who passed out and was written on,' as his costume for the night". The incident eventually became the second trending search topic on ninemsn.
- Meghan Vasconcellos, (2006), model and fiancee of Lonie Paxton
- Alysha Castonguay (2006–2008), Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2002, Miss Rhode Island USA 2009
- Kristin Gauvin, Miss Massachusetts 2005
- Sarah Mitchell, dancer and actress
- Alexa Flutie, daughter of Doug Flutie and current San Diego Charger Girl
- Amber van Eeghen, daughter of Mark van Eeghen
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