Middle-aged women living cheerleader life

March 7, 2010 at 12:29 PM

DETROIT, March 7 (UPI) -- Julie Hecker of Royal Oak, Mich., says she is part of a group of middle-aged women who don fishnets and go-go boots to serve as cheerleaders for Detroit.

Hecker said she formed the Motor City Rah Rahs four years ago and the cheerleading group has helped promote Detroit at appearances at events such as the Woodward Dream Cruise and the Hamtramck Blowout, The Detroit News said Sunday.

"Our city was really desperate for some cheerleaders," Hecker said.

The group also performs at shows held by local bands and is scheduled to take part in the upcoming St. Patrick's Day Parade in Detroit.

Hecker said while the youngest member of the Rah Rahs is 35, membership in the group allows one to truly relive her youth during each performance.

"I'm truly reliving my youth and I was kind of able to re-create it with a bunch of women that are just fabulous," Hecker told The Detroit News. "We are a group of mature women who refuse to get old."

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