Two of four co-captains on the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders will help celebrate the boys of summer – and the boys of fall – on Saturday with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at TicketReturn.com Field.
They will meet and greet, sign autographs, and take photos with fans during the baseball team’s “Coaches vs. Cancer Night.” The game includes, for the first 1,000 fans through the gates, a miniature football giveaway featuring Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney, the respective coaches of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and Clemson University Tigers, along with appearances by both teams’ mascots, and a silent auction to benefit Fierce Fallon, a foundation ( www.fiercefallon.com) to help Fallon Emery, a 10-year-old from Carolina Forest who was diagnosed in December with brain cancer.
Also, for this game by the Pelicans, the Advanced-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, against the Salem (Va.) Red Sox (Boston Red Sox), fans are encouraged to wear jerseys of their favorite NFL or college football team to the ballpark. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
Both Falcons cheerleaders joining the festivities are eager to feed the football fever on this night. Denita Clara Clark, an executive assistant by day who has begun her sixth season on the Falcons cheer team, said she will retire from the sidelines after this season, capping off a “fun run” with the franchise. Alice Fair, a barre fitness studio director and a native of Eden, N.C., north of Greensboro, marks her fourth year cheering for the Falcons.
We have a cheerleader from Japan. ... She came here not knowing anyone; she has had our team support. It’s not just about the cute uniforms and the great routines. We really are developing women; that’s the ... thing that gives me goosebumps thinking about it. We have a special opportunity to pull from each other and be inspired by each other. ... This is a special opportunity we’re so blessed to have; it goes way further than looking at the glitz and glamour.