DETROIT (AP) — About 300 women have auditioned for the first Detroit Lions cheerleading squad in more than 40 years.

The hopefuls came Saturday for a chance to show their moves and otherwise impress judges at the Lions’ home of Ford Field. The audition process continues until Monday, and a squad of about 25 members will be announced in August in time for a Sept. 18 debut.

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Rebecca Smoker, the team’s director of cheerleading, says the goal is to find people with talent, confidence and enthusiasm. Judges include Kelly Stafford, wife of quarterback Matthew Stafford.

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The team hasn’t had its own cheerleaders since the 1974 season, though high school cheerleaders have performed.

Twenty-six-year-old Tiara Felder, who plans to become a dentist, says she gave the audition her all and had fun.


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