Monday was an exciting day for the Flight Crew! We were invited to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. This was a huge honor for me and the Crew and the timing was perfect! The day before, the Jets beat the Colts, 29-15, to end their undefeated season. “Win and we’re in” instantly became the theme of every Jets fan while the hopes of a potential playoff spot spread energy through New York.
New York City during the holidays is especially magical and Monday morning was no exception. Being on Wall Street as businesspeople scurried to work under the beautiful NYSE Christmas Tree lit with colored lights was breathtaking.
We had recently performed at the NYSE Christmas tree lighting event, which was a piece of New York City history in itself — it’s the oldest event of its kind in the city. The tradition began in 1923 and has been warming the hearts of New Yorkers for the past 86 years. The Flight Crew Cheerleaders performed a sneak peak of their 9-minute halftime routine for city dwellers and tourists alike as they braved the cold to get into the holiday spirit.
A look down the street takes you to one of the oldest buildings in the city, Trinity Church. Its history dates back to 1696 and is architecturally awe-inspiring. One glance and you know that you are looking at a building that stands proud for the history of our city. Across the street you can see the enormous statue of George Washington at Federal Hall, the very building where Washington took his oath to become our nation’s first president. And there we were — standing on the steps of the New York Stock Exchange, the financial capitol of the world.
Needless to say, this was another first for the Flight Crew Cheerleaders. As we approached the balcony and looked down on what was to become the hustle and bustle of the trading floor, something sounded extremely familiar. It started low and got progressively louder until the trading floor erupted into "J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!" The Jets chant began and was chanted a second and finally a third time! The energy of financial world about to begin another day and the Jets entering a week of excitement, hope and belief in the potential of winning a wild card spot in the playoffs, well, it’s priceless.
I appreciate all of the “moments” that I am afforded, but this was especially memorable. I knew that the Flight Crew being asked to ring the bell at the NYSE opening ceremony was not only an honor but a mark on our own history. As young as the Flight Crew Cheerleaders may be to the Jets organization, we continue to create our own historical Flight Crew timeline as we are awarded opportunities such as this one. And as year three comes to an end within the next couple of weeks, this one will be marked as another first for Flight Crew.
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