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2016 Oakland Raiders Gameday 7

Raiderette Of the Week: “It all started when I moved back to Sacramento from Krishinda By Jenna Angelo Houston Texas in 2014” said veteran Raiderette Krishinda. She received an email notifying her of Raiderette auditions and was encouraged to try out by her brother. Krishinda admits she was intimidated by the impressive dancing she had seen from the team in the past, but with her brother’s support she set out to audition any way. He drove her from Sacramento to Oakland and waited in the parking lot the whole day. “The day I found out that I made the team I never second guessed myself again,” Krishinda said. Krishinda got involved in dance because she loved to sing as young girl. She owned numerous karaoke machines and would put on choreographed performances for her family every chance she got. “I’m glad I figured out that singing wasn’t for me because I can’t hold a note to save my life, but the dancing has stuck with me,” Krishinda said. During her time studying at Texas Southern University, Krishinda was a member of the Tigress Sensations, which is the basketball’s dance team. Her freshman year she won “Best Half-Time Performer” and the following year she was named “Miss Sensation.” “Every year during Homecoming one dancer is chosen by their team to represent them in the Homecoming Court,” Krishinda explained. After being given the honor to represent the Tigress Sensations, Krishinda was inspired to continue pursuing her dreams of dance. Three seasons into the Raiderettes now, Krishinda has developed her role as the “hype girl” bringing energy to her Raiderette sisters before they step out on the field. She takes pride in her responsibility to get the crowd up and excited about every play. “In addition to all of this enthusiasm, I bring some good, home-baked chocolate chip cookies to the team every now and then,” Krishinda joked. When she’s not spending Sundays on the football field, Krishinda participates in Sunday dinner with her family. “Its tradition that every Sunday after church we have Sunday dinner. At Sunday dinner all of your relatives come over and we have a big feast. We make fried chicken, yams, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, cornbread, pound cake and much more. You say grace and then stuff your face,” Krishinda said. On free Sundays Krishinda also enjoys getting massages and manicures to refresh herself for the week ahead, or as she puts it, after a manicure “my nails are on “fleek” for the week!” Aside from being a professional cheerleader Krishinda is a Direct Support Professional for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. “I teach them mobility skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, and basic self-help skills. It’s a really motivating job because I’m empowering people to live life without limits, and its showing me that I can too,” Krishinda said, “I’ve had to overcome tragedies and set-backs in my life, but that has not stopped me from moving forward.” Krishinda believes everyone has purpose in life and you have to drive past the challenges to pursue your ultimate destiny. Though no one can be sure where their ultimate destiny will take them, one thing is for certain: At this phase of her life, Krishinda is right where she belongs- hyping up her sisters, cheering on this team, and inspiring this crowd. 94 Gameday MAGAZINE


2016 Oakland Raiders Gameday 7
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