GREENVILLE – Kristine Albert has been doing a lot of things in pro sports.
First, she was a member of the Grand Rapids Rampage “Rage” dance team. Then she became a cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts.
Now she’s trying to become one of the girls you see on television during Detroit games as a Fox Sports Detroit girl.
Albert, a Greenville graduate, has wanted to be a Fox Sports Detroit girl for a while now.
“I’ve actually wanted to do that for a long time,” she said. “They just recently opened up looking for more girls. I love sports, I love the Detroit community so I figured it would be a good fit.”
There was an opening when Lauren Bacall announced she is leaving. Bacall, one of the two original Fox Sports Detroit Girls, told the Detroit Free Press she is going to focus on modeling.
Albert said there is a long process to go through before finding out if she got the job.
“You submit video online, then the voting goes for a certain amount of time,” she said. “Then they break it down to semifinals and finals. There’s an interview that you have to do with the Fox Sports Detroit people. The competition will get stiffer round by round.”
Albert isn’t sure what kind of a chance she has.
“I really don’t know what the competition would be like,” she said. “I hope my enthusiasm and my love of the Detroit community will help me do my best.”
For three years Albert had been a cheerleader for the Colts. But she wants to do other things.
“I have been auditioning for as many things as possible and keep faith that whatever is meant to happen happens and I’m finding myself in West Michigan,” she said. “I think it’s important to put yourself out there because if you don’t you don’t know what would happen.”
Unlike auditioning for the Colts cheerleader job, where she had to go through a beauty pagent-type audition, Albert has to do other things to get the part of Fox Sports Detroit Girl.
“This is different than any other competition for anything else,” she said. “I was dancing in my other stuff. This is different because of my dancing. It has to be about sports and loving the game and interacting with the fans.”
Between Indianapolis and today, Albert has also been working on her non-sports-related career.
“I’m finishing up my grad school program in Indiana that I did for education and tying up some loose ends with that,” she said. “I’m then going to be back home. I’m just figuring out what the next step is.”
The last day to submit videos for consideration by Fox Sports Detroit was Friday. The top 10 will be announced on girls.foxsportsdetroit.com in August, with the winner being announced Aug. 14.
Albert’s profile and video submission can be found at girls.foxsportsdetroit.com/profile/530/ online.
The winner will join Brittney Andrews and Stephanie Estes as Fox Sports Detroit Girls.