Being in front of 79,000 people doesn't bother Kimberly Roberts.
"That's actually the best part," the Lawrence woman said of performing as a Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader before sold-out Arrowhead Stadium crowds. "That's not intimidating. It's exhilarating and exciting. ... It makes you really proud to be a part of the Chiefs organization."
Though she had no cheerleading experience, Roberts, 24, said her dance and gymnastics background enabled her to do the job.
"I was able to learn to cheer," she said.
While she enjoys leading cheers, Roberts said she finds the community outreach work she does for the Chiefs the most rewarding.
"You have the opportunity to touch some children, the children in the Kansas City area," she said. "It's kind of interesting to see people look up to you. It's a self-esteem booster for us as well. It's so nice to see someone get so excited and light up when you walk into the room."
Although a knee injury and reconstructive surgery sidelined her in early November, Roberts said she plans to try out for the 1996 squad next month.
"Even after an injury, I would do it again," she said.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old on or before the April 20 tryouts. Each must attend a daylong workshop and the tryout clinic to qualify for the final tryouts.
Workshops are scheduled Saturday, March 17 and March 24. There is a $25 charge for each workshop. The free tryout clinic will be held April 13.
The workshops, clinics and tryouts all will be held at the Chiefs indoor practice facility southwest of Arrowhead Stadium on the Truman Sports Complex grounds.
Applicants for the all-female squad will be judged on their dance and crowd leadership ability and their public relations skills. They also will be evaluated on their poise and public speaking abilities.
For additional information, contact Donna Scott at the Chiefs, (816) 922-4232.