Cheerleaders at sports events are sexy, beautiful, have gorgeous smiles and can pull off scintillating dance moves.
At the Super Bowl XLIX tomorrow morning (Singapore time), when the New England Patriots meet the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium, Miss Kelly Bennion will do her bit as a cheerleader for the Patriots.
She fits the bill of a typical cheerleader - stunning and has a body to die for.
But the 26-year-old is much more than mere eye candy, according to a Mail Online report. This beauty has brains, too. She is almost four years into a doctorate in cognitive neuroscience at Boston College.
Miss Bennion, who has been a cheerleader for the Patriots for the last two seasons, teaches psychology and neuroscience to undergrads. Her impressive resume includes bachelor's degrees in psychology and Spanish from Middlebury College, Vermont, and a master's in education from Harvard University.
All cheerleaders for the Patriots must work full- or part-time, or be students to make it onto the squad, but is it possible that Miss Bennion will be the smartest person in the stadium at the game tomorrow?
She does not think so.
The Arizona native is part of a group called Science Cheerleaders, a 250-strong group of current and former cheerleaders who want to prove that the stereotypes of cheerleaders are wrong.
She told philly.com: "(The group) works to combat the negative stereotype that they're only pretty faces. It shows that cheerleaders are very hardworking and are pursuing advanced education in engineering, maths, biology and other great things."
Cheerleading also gives her an escape from her busy academic schedule, she said.
She said: "It's what I do to release stress."
This article was first published on Feb 01, 2015.
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