There’s something that many football teams in the NFL have that Detroit didn’t – cheerleaders. Now, we will.

The Detroit Lions announced today that cheerleaders will debut this upcoming season and be coached by Rebecca Girard-Smoker who has been hired as the Director of Detroit Lions Cheerleaders.

“The Ford Family is unwavering in their commitment to improving the Detroit Lions fan experience on and off the field,” said Detroit Lions Team President Rod Wood in a statement. “After thorough consideration and receiving input from our fans through season ticket member surveys and focus groups, we believe that this is an opportunity to elevate our game day entertainment.”

Beyond their activities on the field, the squad will also have a presence in the community, appearing at various media, fan and sponsorship events.

Auditions for the 2016 Detroit Lions Cheerleaders will begin Saturday, June 25 at Ford Field with call backs the remainder of the weekend.

Pre-registration is required and details are available online at or by calling 313-262-2300.

The Lions organization says that there will be an industry standard $25.00 fee for registration.

Girard-Smoker, Courtesy Photo
Rebecca Girard-Smoker, Courtesy Photo

The Detroit Lions Cheerleaders auditions will be closed to the general public.

Following auditions, there will be a five day training camp for finalists in mid-July. The 2016 Detroit Lions Cheerleaders squad will be introduced in early August.

Girard-Smoker joins the Lions after more than 25 years of experience in casting and developing talent in sports entertainment with the NBA, WNBA, AFL, MLB, MiLB and NCAA. She has spent 10 seasons as the Dance Team Director for the Detroit Pistons Dance Team.

Share this post