Cheerleader Spotlight: Shauna

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This spring, we spotlight five-year veteran and captain, Shauna.  Shauna has earned a Master's Degree in Spanish while she has been cheering on the Titans and she's had a very diverse background of interests and occupations during her tenure.  Read our spotlight to lean about this dedicated cheerleader.

[Click here for the previous Cheerleader Spotlight!

](http://www.titansonline.com/cheerleaders/article-1/Cheerleader-Spotlight-Danielle/0938396c-cb04-4f69-b8f4-79c9504051bf)What prompted your decision to try out for the TTC?I was working as a high school Spanish teacher, exhausted from daily professional routines, and missing the days of dancing and performing. That same year, I attended my first Tennessee Titans football game, and I couldn't keep my eyes off of the women who performed. One of the women worked in my same building. After doing some research, I found out that all of the women were college educated, held careers, and were still performing; balancing it all! I instantly became intrigued!

Looking back, what has been the most rewarding aspect of your life?The most rewarding aspect has been the ability to accomplish majority of the goals that I have placed--from learning another language to making the Tennessee Titans Cheerleading squad to obtaining my masters degree. As long as I have tenacity, positive thinking, and a belief system I can continue to set goals and achieve them! 

What or who is your motivation?
My family. They have taught and showed me by example to have a belief system, to always stay true to my heart, to exercise the morals that were instilled in me since birth, to dream and dream big. It can happen as long as you keep a positive mind and believe it to come true.

What is your favorite part of game day?
The whole day!!! Especially pre-game. From the time we run out on to the field in to the "player intro" lines to the national anthem, and ultimately the kick-off.

In your opinion, what is the most important aspect of being a TTC?
Staying positive and having fun!  If you maintain a positive outlook with everything, you are able to maintain a good heart. With that, you can properly represent the organization in the community, in your personal life, and on the field. That way, every appearance and smile will always be genuine.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Hmm... Vanilla, allergic to chocolate...

Steak or chicken?

Neither!

Stilettos or flats?Hard one... SHOES PERIOD!!!

Push ups or sit ups?

Sit ups

Dress up or dress down?

Unique! What the heck mix it up!

What is your favorite style of music to dance to and why?

Upbeat music with nice vocals. Latin music (Salsa, merengue, cha-cha, etc...) 90's music, R&B, Hip-Hop. Pretty much anything that has a great beat! I love to dance!

If you could live in one place the rest of your life, where would it be?

Some place warm and exotic with great culture, arts, people, music, and food.

What is your favorite charity/cause?
Being a Tennessee Titans Cheerleader, you are exposed to so many different charities. My favorites are the Juvenile Diabetes Association, Down-Syndrome Association, Breast Cancer Awareness, Gildas Club and Boys and Girls Club.

If you were a super hero, what super power would you want to have?Ability to change people's hearts to do the right thing.

What misconceptions did you have about professional cheerleading that have now been proven incorrect since you've been on the squad?The time commitment! What everyone sees is the "finished product". They do not see the all of the time that we put into the preparation. We start our training camp months before the football players. There are several topics that we must be proficient in before the season begins. From etiquette to media training. We must pass two assessments, maintain "proper physique," and shoot a swimsuit calendar. All before the first pre-season game! Then you add the weekly practices and appearances (charity and professional), oh and the actual game!

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