I literally left Dallas for Austin on April 1st, 2000 at 12 a.m., immediately after our annual Cheerleader banquet. I was following my husband in the U- haul for the three hour road trip. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and this year we will celebrate 15 years of marriage. I was born and raised in Austin, so naturally I had a soft spot for the area and wanted to settle in the Hill Country. So after my two year tenure with the Cheerleaders, Don and I settled on a beautiful piece of property on Lake Travis. Today, we are still living the "American Dream"(no pun intended). We are blessed with two precious little boys, Dalton Wayne (5) and Dylan Wyatt (3); the miracles in our life. Yes, they are my little boys, but I hope they marry future cheerleaders!
We have a successful business, DITTCOMM Technologies, a High-Tech Cabling, Inc. 500 Company. My role at DITTCOMM is to mold and shape the company's financial structure. Through my background with the Cheerleaders, I acquired many necessary skills such as, focus, leadership, and dedication. Hence, my entrepreneurial spirit and attitude have contributed to the progression of DITTCOMM into a prosperous, booming, high- tech communications company in the new millennium. In 1998, DITTCOMM ranked No.395 on the Inc. 5OO magazine list. The next two years the company was awarded the Dallas Fast Tech 50 award.
This year has been very exciting for us as we launched our first invention, the Garagebuddy, a unique and innovative metal wall storage unit that can literally store thousands of different types of tools in your garage. Soon to be in major home improvement stores across Texas. For more information, please visit www.garagebuddy.net.
Since my rookie year, I have formed many lasting friendships, but in particular with former Cheerleader, Megan Sims Flowers. We are currently collaborating together on an inspirational manuscript that captures what the true meaning of success is for young women who desire to better themselves in all aspects of their lives. This is a work in progress and centers upon a young woman's self confidence skills as being the key that will unlock the door to her future aspirations. Being a role model is not easy to do and being successful takes a huge amount of dedication, effort, and focus. I am continually reaching out to inspire a young life, and to illustrate all the components that create a successful young woman in today's complex world.
I graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a Kinesiology degree, and have a passion for sports psychology and physical fitness. I thoroughly enjoy teaching individuals of all ages the mental and physical aspects of sports studies and complete physical fitness. This aspiration I hope to continue as I nurture my own sons to grow up and have a greater understanding of physical fitness coupled with healthy self esteem.
Sideline Q & A
What was your proudest moment?
Kristin: I'm often asked what it was like to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. My response is always the same.....incredibly tough, but incredible. There are so many proud moments to name, but the first time I walked down the tunnel for pre-game and my husband got teary eyed as they announced "America's Sweethearts", is one of the most meaningful moments for me. You know, that moment when everything happens in slow motion and feels so surreal. That moment was truly exhilarating and I still get goose bumps just thinking about it.
What is the most valuable lesson I learned?
Kristin: I am still learning it today and that is to live for the moment because you can never get it back, and somewhere there is someone who would kill to be in your shoes but is not able. Not only was I living my dream, but also the dream of one of my dear friends who had tried out in a previous year and not made the squad. She was later diagnosed with (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease", and her life was completely altered; her dreams were shattered. She struggles to live everyday and her strength and courage inspire me to push myself harder than I ever thought possible. She is a true inspiration to me and I share all of my experiences with her and I hope to inspire her to push harder and harder to overcome her disease.
What do you feel is your role as a DCC Alumni?
Kristin: To make an impact and be a role model for those women with a dream of becoming a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. My passion is to continue inspiring young women to have the self-confidence and desire to go after their dreams and goals, whatever they may be. My responsibility is to be a voice to share any valuable information to those young ladies wanting to become successful at pursuing their dreams and be active in helping them realize their true talents.