Sports Illustrated travels the country scouting professional and college dance/cheer teams and selects the best of the best for its weekly honor of SI's Cheerleader of the Week.
For the week beginning Nov. 29, the popular magazine came to DFW and chose the Dallas Mavericks Dancers third-year veteran Chantel to receive this prestigious honor. This is actually Chantel's second time to be recognized by SI for excellence in her craft, as she was also named Cheerleader of the Week while in college at Washington State.
The selection process for this honor began when Sports Illustrated contacted Mavs Dancers director Mallory Mills, who picked several members of her team who had displayed great leadership over the past season. SI came to Victory Park in Dallas for a photo shoot with the ladies prior to the current NBA season tipping off. While Chantel was chosen as this week's recipient, it does not preclude any of the other Mavs Dancers who took part in the shoot from also being selected down the road.
"My favorite part of being a Mavs Dancer is performing at the games and being able to do volunteer work in the community," said Chantel, who spends her days working in a marketing firm. She can now add representing the 2011 NBA champions in Sports Illustrated to her resume.