Douglas grad’s cheer career comes full circle | Serving Minden-Gardnerville and the Carson Valley

Douglas grad's cheer career comes full circle | Serving Minden-Gardnerville and the Carson Valley

From a Douglas Tiger to the Wolf Pack and then a Bronco, former Genoa resident Katherine Crowe has come full circle in her dance and cheer career and was selected to represent the Denver Broncos Organization at the February 2022 Pro Bowl in Las vegas.

“It’s kind of ironic, really because the event is in Nevada, so it’s like coming full circle and taking me home,” Crowe said.

Crowe grew up in Genoa, graduating from Douglas High School in 2010 and attending the University of Nevada, Reno, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from 2010 to 2014 and cheered with the Wolf Pack. After graduating, she said she wasn’t ready to hang the pompoms yet.

Hearing about the benefits and opportunities of friends cheering with professional teams, Crowe decided to audition for the Denver Broncos.

“My family and I have always been Broncos fans, so the decision to try it out with the organization just seemed appropriate,” she said.

The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders are the official cheerleaders of the Denver Broncos Professional American Football League. In addition to performing on game days, the cheerleaders support various charities and events.

Crowe went on to cheer with the team for six seasons, three of which as team captain. She was awarded a Super Bowl ring for the 50th Super Bowl in 2016 and was named Denver Broncos Cheerleader of the Year in 2019. She has traveled with the team and performed in Mexico, the Chinese New Year Parade in Hong Kong, the 2019 Hall of Fame Game in Ohio and across Europe for two different military tours and pledges to various charities and performances.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better time at the Broncos Organization; it’s been unforgettable,” Crowe said.

One of her most cherished moments with the cheer team was when the Broncos won the Super Bowl in 2016 against the Carolina Panthers and her mother was in the crowd.

“We shared a very special moment when we won,” Crowe said. “I ran up to her and gave her a hug and tears ran down our cheeks. It was a moment I will never forget.”

Cheering with the Broncos Junior Cheer team is another momentous time for Crowe.

“For four seasons I worked with the young people and got them excited about cheering and dancing and sharing the experiences with them.”

The Broncos Junior Cheer Team is an organization that promotes self-esteem, pride, dedication and discipline in young women ages six to 12. The program provides youth with hands-on experiences and the opportunity to perform at competitions and halftime shows, cheer and dance classes taught by the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, and participate in charities and performances.

“They look up to us and we learn a lot from them too and it makes everything more special and inspiring to share with the youth,” said Crowe.

Also memorable for Crowe is the opportunity to travel and spend time with the men and women in the military.

“It was very special to be able to take them home a little bit,” she said, “We often collected and brought donations, sent them goodies, signed autographs and more, but to just sit down and have conversations with our military men and women and to thank them for everything they do was very special. We just hope things like this will bring them some joy and a smile on their faces.”

Crowe said the time she spent with the Broncos Organization has been an unforgettable experience, but she’s finally ready to hang up her pom poms and create new experiences. She said that Pro Bowl will be her last appearance with the Broncos Organization.

“It’s crazy to think about it all ending,” she said. “So I really try to enjoy all my lasts and enjoy all the little things. It really is a dream come true.”

Not to be confused with the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl is an exhibition game where two teams vote based on popularity, where the teams compete against each other to recognize their achievements. It is often intended for entertainment rather than competition.

“It’s going to be a fun final event where I plan to soak up all the lasts; my last time running onto the field, performing and hearing the crowd.”

Crowe said she plans to continue her nursing career and pursue higher education, exploring her options as a nurse, anesthesiologist and a few other programs.

“There are so many different avenues you can take in nursing,” Crowe said. “I have definitely found my calling and I look forward to exploring it further.”

Crowe said she looks forward to the next chapter in her life and encourages others to always check out what turns them on.

“There is no dream too big,” Crowe said. “I believe any dream can become a reality if you commit to it and keep going and sticking to what excites you.”

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