Texans cheerleaders going on major road trip

February 5, 2010 12:33:39 PM PST
The Houston Texans cheerleaders are heading on a road trip, but not to another NFL stadium. Two groups of the Texans squad took off for Iraq and Japan earlier this week and on Saturday, a third group heads to Honduras. The cheerleaders will be visiting with U.S. troops at those locations, and performing a few routines, including performances around the Super Bowl.

"We'll actually do a pregame show just like we do for games at Reliant and then a halftime show," said second year cheerleader Nicole, who left for Japan. "Then we get to go to mess hall, get to sit down in normal clothes, have dinner with the troops."

The group in Iraq will have a meet and greet with troops there. Aside from performances, the Japan-bound group will also teach a dance clinic to local children. And included on the agenda for the cheerleaders going to Honduras is a trip to a local orphanage.

Texans Cheerleader coordinator Alto Gary is telling the members of her squad heading abroad to just enjoy themselves, and to make sure the troops they're visiting know that they're appreciated.

"These guys have been working hard. Be gracious. They're going to appreciate you and just have the time of your life because this is going to be a once in a lifetime experience," said Gary.

And though this might be the first of its kind trip, it likely won't be the last.

"I already have another request for June in Japan again," said Gary. "I'm not sure if it's the same base, but the word is out and we're starting to get more requests from other bases. I think we're going to continue doing this."

In all, five cheerleaders are in Iraq, six are heading to Japan and seven will be in Honduras.

Stay with ABC13 and abc13.com as we follow the Texans cheerleaders on their trip overseas.