My time has come to say "good-bye" to being a Washington Redskins Cheerleader.
I came to Washington, D.C. from Kobe, Japan for the first time five years ago just to audition for the Washington Redskins. It ended up being the best decision I've ever made in my life because it taught me that it is never too late to chase your dreams. When my name was called at the final audition, I thought I was the luckiest girl alive. Five years later, after having experienced everything that is WRC, I still think I am the luckiest girl!
I still remember my eyes tearing up when I heard "Hail to the Redskins" at our Draft Day performance my rookie year. Five years later, I still get butterflies in my stomach every time the song plays and I still love to share the joy with all the fans at the stadium!
My past five years has been nothing but a crazy ride. I never imagined myself being able to cheer in front of the best fans in the NFL and also never pictured myself being the first captain from different country. With its ups and downs, everything I experienced as a WRC shaped me into who I am today. Every year, my goal was to be humble and selfless, and to constantly challenge myself to become a better dancer, teammate, and woman. These were my goals because I was always surrounded and inspired by super-women my teammates and directors. I am so thankful for having all of these amazing sisters here in the U.S.!
I will always remember all of the military tours, promotions, late night practices and 1- mile walks from the metro station to the stadium. Sometimes it wasn't easy, but I was very happy to fully dedicate myself to everything I did. And it was all worth it. I am very proud of myself and how much I accomplished in these past 5 years.
Lastly, I want to say thank you to my family in Japan. Needless to say, they have been my number one supporters. Because of their love and support, I was able to keep pushing myself.
Even though we are so far apart geographically, I always pictured them as if they were in the stands on game day, smiling and cheering for me and the team.
To everyone I've met in this journey, you have all touched my heart. It is so bitter sweet to say good-bye, and I will forever be thankful for an amazing five years, and am excited for what the future has in store for me!
Arigato and Hail to the Redskins!