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Oklahoma Defenders Bring Experience to the Field, in More Ways Than One

January 30, 2013 - Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) - Oklahoma Defenders News Release

Tulsa, OK With the first week of camp already in the books, the Oklahoma Defenders are building on veteran players who are already exhibiting their experience and leadership on the practice field.

This season, Defenders fans will also see another veteran on the field.

The Oklahoma Defenders are also excited to announce Andrea Collins as Director of the Defender Diamonds, the Oklahoma Defenders Dance Team!

"I am extremely excited to be a part of the Oklahoma Defenders organization," says Collins. "A dance team is one of the most exciting elements of a game, and the fans have been so supportive going into their second season."

Defender fans might recognize Andrea from her stint with the Tulsa Talons, where she was a dancer and choreographer for six years. She also served as Tulsa Talons Cheerleading Director for two years. During the 2011 Tulsa Talons season, Andrea was chosen for the AFL Dream Team by fans, to represent the Tulsa Talons Cheerleaders at the Arena Bowl Championship game.

Andrea has been dancing and teaching in the Tulsa area for over twenty years. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting, and is also concurrently working as a Staff Accountant at the BOK Center and Tulsa Convention Center.

She started her training in Houston, Texas with Tiny Tots Dance & Gymnastics, continued in Tulsa, with Fun Times Dance & Gymnastics and Jenks Dance Company.

She competed nationally for ten years, and received numerous awards and dance scholarships.

She became an assistant dance teacher at the age of twelve, a lead teacher by the age of fifteen, and has continued teaching for the past twelve years.

While attending Jenks High School, Andrea was a member of the pom squad for four years, a UDA Varsity All-Star, and a member of the All-Regional Dance Team.

She has coached and choreographed for several cheer and dance teams in the Tulsa area, as well as production numbers at the collegiate level.

"I am looking forward to putting together a great group of beautiful, talented, outgoing young women to energize the crowd and give the fans a game day experience like no other," added Collins.

Anyone interested in auditioning for the 2013 Defender Diamonds is encouraged to attend the team tryout, February 8th and 9th at the Tulsa Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A (100 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK, 74103).

Registration beings at 6:00pm, with auditions beginning at 6:30pm on Friday, and 10am on Saturday.

The judges will be looking for personality, showmanship, enthusiasm, and energy. Ability to learn choreography quickly, dance technique and style is also a plus.

Defender Diamond candidates must be 18 years of age or older, attend two practices each week, attend ALL HOME GAMES, and be available for promotions and appearances.

Bring a completed application, recent photograph, copied proof of age, and $25 Pre-Registration Fee ($30 Day of fee).

Tryouts are closed to the public.

For more information about the Defender Diamonds or the tryouts, email [email protected] or facebook.com/defenderdiamonds

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