Roar profile: Samantha Snyder

by Photos and interview by Daniel Goncalves,
Q: Hey Sam, what a great shoot we just had. I guess the first question would be where are you from?
A: I lived in central Florida for a few years, and I’ve lived in Jacksonville for about 12.

Q: Where do you go to school and what are you studying?
A: I go to Jacksonville University, I’m majoring in communications and my specialization is broadcast journalism.

Q: When do you graduate?
A: I’ll be graduating next year, 2011.

Q: How did you get involved with the Roar?
A: I’ve always danced, for about 20 years now. I always had season tickets to the Jaguars and I love the Jaguars. I never cheered before but I thought I’ll try it and now I get to combine two things that I love. Jaguars and dance.

Q: How many years have you been a Jaguars cheerleader?
A: This is my second year.

Q: Do you any sports?
A: I actually went to a school that didn’t have sports, so I have no hand/eye coordination. The only sport I did was dance.

Q: What are you hobbies?
A: I’m a broadcast major at school. I love filming, editing. I also love doing crafts, picture frames and jewelry.

Q: Do you have an inspiration or a person that inspires you?
A: Growing up I had a dance teacher named Dorise Mackintyre. She just loved dance, she didn’t do it for the money. We’d pay her like $10/yr or something crazy like that, and she’d put on recitals for us because she just loved the art of dancing. If I could touch people the way she touched me that would be great.

Q: Favorite restaurant?
A: La Napolera. I love Mexican food.

Q: Favorite type of food?
A: Chicken.

Q: Do you cook and if you do, what do you like cooking?
A: I like cooking pasta.

Q: Favorite treat?
A: Starbucks coffee (marble mocha macchiato) and sour patch kids.

Q: Favorite band?
A: The Doors.

Q: Something most people don’t know about you?
A: That I had never cheered before. It was scary to learn how to hold a pom pom. There are some major differences from dance. I’m trying to look like I know what I’m doing.