Early attendees of Chiefs games at old Municipal Stadium can easily recall the Chiefs cheerleaders who, along with Tony DiPardo’s Zing Band and War Paint, the pony that galloped around the stadium sideline after a Chiefs score, made up what was at the time a form of unique entertainment for a professional football game.
The Chiefs cheerleaders were formed in 1963 shortly after the franchise moved to Kansas City and were comprised of a group of 20 area high school and college students, a far cry from the professional dance teams you see on today’s sidelines or even from the TexAnns who performed at the Texans games in Dallas. Randy Nell was the group’s organizer and the Ward Parkway Center acted as the coordinating community sponsor for the group. The group consisted of young men and women who met two to three times each week for practice.
In 1964 the cheerleader squad consisted of the following youngsters: Mike Nauman (Rockhurst College), Bill Spiller (University of Missouri), Jim Wirken (Rockhurst College), Jeff Spiller (UMKC), Paul Helbing (KC Junior College), Dave Burns (UMKC), Gail Peterson (Southwest), Marylyn Moot (Center), Alice Wilholt (North Kansas City), Betsy Reaves (Southwest), Barb Gilbertson (Center), nancy miller (Bishop Miege), Lindy Atzenweller (Southwest), and Diane Gerling (Donnelly).
The Chiefs cheerleaders included males up into the 90s.