Liberty High School alumna Allegra Bermudez wanted to become a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader for the opportunities for community outreach and international travel.
She missed her chance a year ago, when she found out about the open-call audition two weeks too late, but she kept checking for the team to announce the 2017 competition.
“Throughout the entire year, I’ve just been looking over the website, refreshing the page probably every other week or so,” the 20-year-old said.
Last week her perseverance paid off, when she became one of 35 women out of a field of 300 to make the squad for the 2017-18 season.
Bermudez is a first-generation American, whose mother emigrated from the Philippines, and was born and raised in Bethlehem. She’s studying public health and education at Temple University. Cheering for the Eagles is a part-time job, but one with perks.
There’s next month’s trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for the annual swimsuit calendar shoot. There’s more travel to support the United States military, following the squad’s past visits to troops in Iraq, Kuwait, Diego Garcia, South Korea, Sarajevo and Kosovo. There are chances to serve as instructors at youth cheer camps and to represent the team at more than 350 appearances a year.
And there is the sideline view for the Eagles’ home games at Lincoln Financial Field and performing for 70,000-plus fans.
“If you know me, definitely try to come out to a few Eagles games this season,” the Philly resident said by way of a message to her hometown.
A dancer for 10 years, Bermudez was a Hurricanes cheerleader for three years at Liberty, where she graduated in 2014.
Auditions to join the Eagles squad began…