Meet Sacha Heppell. This inspirational 21-year-old continues to create headlines around the world, after he, alongside more than 200 women tried out Sunday for coveted spots on the Denver Broncos Cheerleading team.
"It's huge. I'm excited, totally thrilled," Heppell told KUSA before his audition. "No male has ever made it through auditions. I don't even know if a male even made it to the auditions."
That no male has ever auditioned for the Broncos squad makes no difference to Heppell, who prepared for this dream by taking hip-hop dance lessons, his purpose is much deeper.
"What drives me is that every child out there deserves a chance to be heard," Heppell explained on the blog site westwood.com.
"I wanted to really prove a point to kids out there that you can follow your dreams no matter what people say," he said. "If you just choose powerfully and do what you love, no matter what, your dreams can come true."
"I just threw myself into the unexpected, and I'm going to use this as an example to coach the kids in my program."
He added: "I work with about twenty to thirty kids at Uzeke, which is a nonprofit project of the Open Media Foundation that's a media-making and performance arts studio."
"I want to teach them to go after whatever they want without inhibitions, and trying out was a way for me to do that."
Heppell's infectious enthusiasm and boldness has sparked the same in others. As the video of Heppell's try-out continues to circulate on social networking sites, his supporters have freely given back to him on Twitter and Facebook, what he gave, and continues to give in his quest to pursuit his dreams.
"This is kind of an example of what can happen if you just throw yourself in and don't give up," he explained in his interview with Westwood.
"There wasn't a single moment where I questioned anything. I walked in there a Broncos cheerleader."
Unfortunately, Heppell didn't make the cut –– this time.
"I'm a little disappointed. I gave it all I got," he told KSDK.
But this was just the beginning. Undaunted, he vows judges will see him again.
"I'm going to continue to practice throughout this year," he said, "and I will be back next year."
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