By: Tinsley Tullos
The Charlotte Lady Cats serve as the one of the NBA’s most loved dance teams. As recent participants in Fort Mill High School’s career day, the Lady Cats are striving to be a leading example to the youth of Charlotte. While NBA’s latest lockout may have stopped players from playing, it has not stopped these ladies from giving back to the area they love most.
Just last month, as teams across the region prepared for the annual Susan B. Coleman Race for a Cure on October 1, 2011, the former and current Lady Cats along with close friends and family ran the race in honor of former Lady Cat, Nicole Bills. Long time runner and competitor, Bills was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2010 and was unable to race with the girls during the 2011 race. The team held several hula hoop and bingo contests at Mortimer’s café and pub in late September in hopes of raising money for the cause. “It was good to see everyone and to raise money to beat breast cancer,” Lady Cat Lindsay said. Bills has been inducted in the hall of fame of her alma mater, Central Michigan University; “the race was truly ran for her,” her team mentions.
The Cats have also participated in events such as feeding and preparing Thanksgiving meals to over 1,000 families and serving at the Center of Hope Women’s and Children’s Shelter. The team also volunteered at the YMCA for the Youth League Kickoffs and helped raise funds for cystic fibrosis and much more.
The 2010 and 2011 NBA dance champions feel as though it is more than fair to give back to the city that has provided them with so many opportunities. With the support of the NBA foundation, these opportunities provide the cats with such positive and constructive promotions like the annual calendar shoot. The members of the team range in backgrounds from girls of faith to previous college athletes. The Lady Cats work to become a united and well-rounded team, free of drama.
The one week audition process consists of choreography, fitness tests, broadcast skills, runways and more. A panel of close to thirty judges ranges from Michael Jordan, co-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, to the local Charlotte weather man. What separates the Lady Cats from most teams is the level of diversity. Judges not only look for ability to dance, but also for a look of professionalism. If one is mediocre on the day of choreography, one might prove to have an incredible talent for broadcasting on the next day. Where one is technical or inexperienced, one may never know on what the judges base their votes.
With an assortment of backgrounds and years of experience, the Lady Cats are sure to hold high standards of diversity. Support them in their efforts at bettering the community and gear up for the Cat’s special holiday performance at the Concord Mill’s Shopping Center on December 10, 2011. The ladies will be handing out autographed photos and calendars for that Bobcat’s fan on your Christmas list. Any girls 18 years of age may audition for the team in June of 2012. Never fear tryout butterflies because again, who is going to be the judge of you?