94 2018 Raiders Gameday
of the Game
By Jenna Angelo
Rookie Raiderette Clarice grew up in the East Bay watching
Raider games and dancing competitively. Her joint love
of football and dance led her to participate in the Junior
Raiderette program when she was 11 years old. “To this day, I
still remember parts of the routine,” Clarice said.
Since hitting the field as a child, Clarice has always dreamt
of returning to the Coliseum as a professional cheerleader.
While she most looks forward to the excitement and energy that
the home opener will bring, Clarice can’t wait for the Junior
Raiderette performance and the opportunity to interact with all
the participants of this season’s program. “We are role models
and I pride myself on being a part of this wonderful organization
that allows me to lead by example,” Clarice said.
Outside of dance, Clarice works as an Associate Web Producer
at a computer and video game development company. The job
allows her to expand her skills and explore the digital creative
field as she hopes to one day work for a major production company
like Disney, Lucasfilm, Pixar or Dolby. Clarice graduated from
University of Oregon with two degrees—one in Public Relations
and one in Broadcast Journalism. In addition to her day job
and her role as a Raiderette, Clarice teaches Hot Pilates on
the weekends. Holding down three jobs, maintaining a social
life and a normal sleeping schedule may sound overwhelming,
but Clarice makes a point to surround herself with like-minded,
motivated individuals who set goals and exceed expectations.
“There are so many powerful women in this world who strive
to do it all—and then do just that!” Clarice said. She sees no
reason why she can’t be one of those women.
One idea that keeps her driven to continue setting, chasing
and achieving new standards for herself is the fact that many
people believe cheerleaders have to be just one thing. “We’re
so much more than just cheerleaders. Our team has thirty-two
amazing women who come from different walks of life, different
backgrounds, and different upbringings,” Clarice said. “I have
teammates who are mothers, teachers, and students. We’re just
like you, but we happen to have a part-time job that allows us to
do what we love most—dance!”
Everyone has their own journey to share about why they
decided to audition for Football’s Fabulous Females. Clarice’s
journey started over a decade ago when she performed at a
Raiders home game. Watch the Junior Raiderettes hit the field
today; watch another little girl’s journey begin.