HOUSTON A group of former cheerleaders are defying stereotypes. Science cheerleaders is made up of 200 former NFL and NBA cheerleaders who also have careers in stem fields; science, technology, engineering and math.

Allison Grosso is a science cheerleader.

So as soon as you start talking to someone, they realize you are intelligent, they realize that Oh wow, this person has something more to say then just rah-rah, Grosso said.

Grosso is a former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader and has degrees in chemistry and biology. I ve actually loved science ever since I can remember, she said.

Grosso worked as a research biologist and now makes the rounds with surgeons. I m in the operating room every day, she said.

Erin Donnelly is working toward a career in clinical psychology. The former Saint Louis Rams cheerleader loves helping young girls break stereotypes. Women make up only 24 percent of those in stem fields. Erin s challenging girls to change that.

They are off to a nice start. The Science Cheerleaders gathered 1,300 Pop Warner cheerleaders together to set a world record for the largest cheering team.

They ve also partnered with where girls can choose from hundreds of science projects to get involved with. Starting young we can get people to get excited about science and have them pursue careers in the stem areas, Donnelly said.

And that s something worth cheering for!

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