May 15, 2013
Lady Cats Midnight Auditions were announced last week, so we here at bobcats.com went to first-year Lady Cat Kristin to get her take on last season's auditions, what she remembers most from the 2012-13 season and what to expect come July 13.
1. What made you want to try out for the Lady Cats?
I was brand new to Charlotte and have always dreamed about being a professional cheerleader/ dancer. I grew up with only one sister and thought it would be amazing to have 21 sisters and be part of the No. 1 dance team in the NBA! Little did I know, it would be so much more.
2. Favorite experience involving a Bobcats fan at a game?
We just started the new Ticket Angels program where you can upgrade your upper level tickets to a lower level seat. I was wearing my Angel wings and halo when a little boy walked up to me and asked me if I flew to the game! He was precious and I told him that yes, all the Angels flew to the game J
3. What song do you hear on the radio and immediately think of a Bobcats game?
I am a huge country music fan, so I would have to say Good Girl by Carrie Underwood. We did a dance to it this season and got to wear a cowgirl hat and cowgirl boots. Since I’m from the south, I absolutely loved it. Every time I hear that song, it makes me want to do the dance.
4. You had the chance to represent the Bobcats and the NBA in Taiwan last summer. What was that experience like?
It was one of the best experiences of my life! As a rookie in my very first season as a Lady Cat, I never expected to get the opportunity to travel internationally. It was a great experience, not only to perform routines for the first time and promote the NBA, but really bond with some amazing people. We danced a lot, tried some unique food, shopped, went sightseeing and went to the top of the second tallest building in the world. It was such an amazing experience that I will cherish forever!
5. Tell us about your college experience and work experience
I went to college at the University of South Carolina where I double-majored in Business Management and Marketing. I also had a minor in Hospitality. In college, I danced for my sorority in charity events and philanthropic activities. I was also a part of a local all-star cheerleading team my first year. I will forever be a Gamecocks football fan! Outside of the Lady Cats, I work as a staffing manager. I do full-cycle staffing and recruiting for different clients in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. It keeps me very busy!
6. You have done so many appearances in the Charlotte community, is there anything that stands out as your favorite?
It’s hard to pick just one. I really love all the appearances and being a role model in the community. I would have to say my favorite appearance was the Holiday Shopping Spree the players and Lady Cats took underprivileged kids on at Target. They each received $150 and 30 minutes to pick out anything they wanted. The kids were all so excited while they picked out whatever their hearts desired. It was very rewarding!
7. What was the rundown of your typical week when the Lady Cats were in season?
During the season, we practice on Monday and Thursday nights from 7-10 p.m. Every game week is a little bit different, but we can have anywhere from 1-4 games a week. On days I have off, I am usually squeezing in a cardio workout or personal training session. On the weekends, if I didn’t have a game, I would still meet up with the Lady Cats for dinner, shopping or dance practice.
8. What is the number one thing you will take away from your rookie season with the Lady Cats?
To be grateful, remain humble and act like a LADY Cat! That was our team motto this season and it meant a lot to me. I am unbelievably grateful for this opportunity. I am humbled by the community appearances I have had a chance to be a part of. Giving back during the holiday appearances made me realize how blessed I am and how great it is to give back. It’s very important to act like lady at all times while being a Lady Cat. There are a lot of little girls looking up to you and hoping they can be just like you when they grow up.
9. What was it like shooting this year’s Lady Cats swimsuit calendar in Asheville?
Filming our swimsuit calendar in Asheville was my favorite experience in my rookie season! I ate salad and protein bars for the first day, but it was totally worth it. That was the first chance to really bond with the team. We did a ton of team bonding events the whole weekend we were there. We got to experience the culture, shop in downtown Asheville, go zip lining, tubing and the best part was going down sliding rock. It was freezing cold and we were all in the water lined up to slide down this huge rock. We all were screaming and holding on to each other for dear life. It was a blast and brought us all a little closer. J
10. Why should other women come out to audition for the Lady Cats?
I have met some truly amazing friends that will be my friends forever and some may even end up my bridesmaids! Being new to Charlotte, becoming a Lady Cat helped me adapt to some unfamiliar surroundings. It’s been such a great opportunity! I had the chance to work with very talented dancers, play a role in the community, work with an amazing Coach and become an integral part of a great organization!