Brenda Gold wants to be a cheerleader. An aspiration that is certainly not newsworthy, until we find out her age. The 54-year-old mom plans to try out for the “Ben-Gals,” the Cincinnati Bengals' cheerleading squad.
According to Fox Sports on Saturday, Gold, a mother of two and a math teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio, is planning to audition for the squad during open tryouts this May.
While this may sound astonishing, Gold’s 28-year-old son Matt isn’t at all surprised. The software engineer who lives in Fishers, Ind. says his mom “thinks of big ideas or projects, and goes at them head-on.”
Brenda is a math teacher at the prestigious School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, and already knows she can do the same thing that women half her age, or younger, are doing.
“She was probably watching a Bengals game and saw the cheerleaders and said to herself, ‘I can do that,’” said Matt.
As they say, 50 is the new 40, but since the average age of a cheerleader is even younger than that, Gold has her work cut out.
Not a problem, says Matt. His mom was a three-sport athlete in high school, played volleyball in college at the University of Kentucky, is in great shape and also has an extensive background in dance.
To help her prepare, Gold has signed up for dance lessons and plans to attend the Ben-Gal’s public cheer workshops. She also entered a makeover contest on “Live with Kelly and Michael,” and her story was so inspiring, she was selected as a finalist. Perhaps you saw her Wednesday when the show aired in her new, stylish look.
“When I first saw her, my jaw dropped,” said Matt. “She looked really beautiful.”
While she may be a long shot to make the cheer squad, here's to hoping we see this inspirational woman cheering on the sidelines this fall.