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Broncos cheerleaders play a friendly softball game against the Amazonas of Yucatán

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
The Denver Broncos cheerleaders find the time to take in several of Yucatán’s most famous attractions. Photo: Courtesy

Yaxunah’s Amazonas softball team received a visit from a group of Denver Broncos cheerleaders with whom they shared a friendly game of softball. 

The Amazonas have become well known in Yucatán over the past several years for playing softball while wearing traditional Yucatecan garb, which is to say huipiles

The Amazonas play after playing an exhibition match in Mérida’s Kukulkan baseball stadium. Photo: Courtesy

The visit came as part of a program spearheaded by the NFL to drum up further interest in Mexico.

“It’s so wonderful that this trip finally came together. It’s something we had been planning for quite some time,” reads a press statement issued by the Denver Broncos. 

The NFL has also expressed interest in helping to develop social programs in Yucatán and sponsoring amateur leagues, especially those aimed at women and girls.

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An all-female American football team trains in Mérida’s Salvador Alvarado Sports Complex. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

During their time in Yucatán, the eight cheerleaders spent time at several tourist attractions, including spots in Mérida, Valladolid, and Izamal. 

The group also took in the world famous Chichén Itzá and stayed for its famous light-and-sound show

Though soccer and baseball are far and away from the most popular sports in Yucatán, American football is growing in popularity. 

But in certain parts of the country, especially the northern states near the US border, American football is already a mainstay for a great many Mexican fans.

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