Once an Eagles Cheerleader, Always an Eagles Cheerleader

Alumni chapter hosts a gala to benefit Ronald McDonald House.

Maggie Hammond, Media

President, NFL Alumni Philadelphia Chapter Cheerleaders

They no longer take the field, but Maggie Hammond and her Eaglettes still cheer on great causes, raising money for organizations like the Susan G. Komen foundation, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Youth Service, Inc. To mark the 65th anniversary of the first Eagles cheerleading squad, the alumni chapter is hosting a gala on Oct. 18 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House. 


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Years as an Eagles cheerleader: 1993-99.  Quarterbacks she rooted for: “When I first joined the squad, it was Randall Cunningham; then came Rodney Peete and Donovan McNabb.”  How she maintained her cheerleading physique: “When I started, the body type was that of a dancer. But, in the ’90s, the athletic look became popular. We also went from one-piece to two-piece uniforms, so we had to be able to pull that off. We had four-hour practices twice a week, and I Rollerbladed and weight trained. I worked out 12-15 hours per week, plus cheered through the game.”  Where she works out: Rocky Run YMCA in Media. “I do TRX, spin class and weight training.”  Favorite place to exercise with her son: The batting cages at Grand Slam USA [1] in Malvern. Her “day” job: A registered nurse at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  Coolest local event: Media Food & Crafts Festival [2], scheduled for Oct. 5. “It’s a great family day. Everyone from the neighborhood comes, and we get to try food from restaurants throughout the area.” Best place for date night: La Porta Ristorante & Wine Bar [3] in Media.  Favorite local restaurant not in Media: Limoncello Ristorante [4] in West Chester.  Delaware County’s best-kept secret: The Country Deli. “It’s a hole-in-the-wall, but it has great breakfasts. Don’t go on a Saturday morning—it’s packed!”  The last thing she ate that she loved: The Country Deli’s cinnamon chip pancakes.  Worst traffic in the region: The 252 exit at Rose Tree Road. “They’re doing construction there right now, and it’s awful. I can’t wait for it to get better. They’ll make it better, right? Right?” Visit www.nflapcc.com.


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