Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca

They usually cheer from the sidelines, but on Sunday, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders took the field — well, the beach at Spanish River Park — to compete in volleyball, tug of war, flag football and on an obstacle coarse.

The event kicked off a week of activities for the Battle of Florida game on Saturday featuring former FAU and UM coach Howard Schnellenberger coaching his South team against former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden’s North squad.

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
This is a view of the cheerleaders with which fans are most familiar: The Buccaneers’ cheerleaders entertain the crowd during a September game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. (Margaret Bowles/Associated Press)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Dolphins fans are more accustomed to seeing Miami’s cheerleaders perform along the sidelines, as they do here during a September game against the Houston Texans at Sun Life Stadium, than watching them as the main attractions in an athletic competition. (Bill Ingram/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
On Sunday the cheerleaders weren’t cheering, except for each other. Instead they played rather than watched the games. Handshakes were exchanged between the teams before the day’s fan autograph session and skills contests. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Miami cheerleaders Natalie W. and Kellie C. greet the Tampa Bay cheerleaders before the competition. Most of the cheerleaders who competed in Sunday’s event were rookies and one and two-year members of the teams. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Tampa Bay Bucs cheerleader Paige S. serves during the volleyball match. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Dolphins cheerleader Natalie D. laughs during a break in the volleyball game. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Carolina D. returns a serve during the volleyball match. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Kara P., second from right, cheers with her teammates after the Bucs win a game during the volleyball match. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Carolina D. strains during the tug of war contest. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Sunday’s strong winds wreak havoc on hairdos, including Cassie K’s. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
The obstacle course was set up by City of Boca Raton Ocean Rescue personnel. Dolphins cheerleaders Kellie C. and Ariana A. hand off during the rescue board relay. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Tampa Bay Bucs cheerleader Paige S. crawls through the sand during a segment of the obstacle course. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Ashlee F. straddles an obstacle in the “up and over” segment of the obstacle course. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Exhausted Miami Dolphin cheerleader Kellie C. rests during the “up and over” section of the obstacle course. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Tampa Bay’s Faith D. is cheered on by teammates during the sandbag drag segment of the obstacle course. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Tampa cheerleader Cassie K. outsprints Natalie W. during a tie-breaking match of beach flag. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Tampa’s Cassie K., back to camera on left, is congratulated by her teammates after outsprinting Natalie W., right, during the tie-breaking match of beach flag. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Ashlee F. listens as her team plots strategy during the competition. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Kiley Y. pulls down an interception during the flag football game finale. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Natalie D. fights through a stiff -arm tackle. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Bucs’ cheerleader Paige S. catches a pass during the flag football game finale. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Ashley J. waits for a play to be called. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Natalie W. races towards the endzone. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Natalie W. breaks away from a tackle to score the game’s only touchdown. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Natalie W. celebrates her touchdown run with a teammate. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Natalie W. almost breaks free for a second touchdown. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Tampa’s Ashley J., is stopped after a short gain. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Ariana A., a five-year veteran of the team, will be representing the Dolphins at this year’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
Miami’s cheerleaders emerged victorious in Sunday’s Battle of the Beauties. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

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