10,000 RTs get teen a prom date with NFL cheerleader
10,000 RTs get teen a prom date with NFL cheerleader High school student Michael Ramirez, right, and Houston Texans cheerleader Caitlyn pose before attending the prom
10,000 RTs get teen a prom date with NFL cheerleader
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Mike Ramirez is a high school football player who spent most of his time on the bench last season and works part-time at a local McDonalds. Caitlyn is a cheerleader for the NFL's Houston Texans. Her life is devoted to intense workouts, coaching tumbling classes and studying communications at the University of Houston.

Yet 10,000 retweets later, the two are a prom couple.

For "Big Mike," as he's been known to his friends since his sophomore year at Crosby High School in suburban Houston, it all started as a joke during 3rd period, when Caitlyn followed him on a "Twitter following spree."

"I was all like, 'What if I took a Texans cheerleader to prom?'" Ramirez recalled asking his classmate. "He was like, that would be pretty cool."

So Ramirez sent Caitlyn a message. "If I get 10,000 retweets will you go to prom with me (insert smiley face.) you will get asked in a cute way!"

"Of course I will," responded Caitlyn, who according to Texans' policy isn't allowed to give her last name.

"Alrighttt!" Ramirez exclaimed.

Twenty-seven hours later, the high school senior who had recently broken up with his girlfriend had a date as well as a lot a series of semi-envious, semi-genuine "attaboy" tweets from friends and dozens of new Twitter followers.

"It was just as a joke," Ramirez said. "I didn't think I was going to actually get it."

And he really didn't think it would attract attention beyond Crosby, a town of 2,300 people on the outskirts of Houston.

That one Twitter message, though, made Ramirez's prom a bit more than he originally had in mind. Not only are there TV cameras and microphones eager to talk to him about the whole thing, his date was a bit of mystery.

The Texans decided the prom would be a blind date. All Ramirez knew about Caitlyn before they met was that her favorite color is pink and she likes sushi.

The two met Saturday night at Churrascos, an upscale Latin American restaurant, for dinner before prom.

Ramirez arrived first, with his mom, Monica Cortez, and eight friends of his friends.

Then Caitlyn arrived in a limousine, and six other Texans cheerleaders in uniform were at the restaurant to support her.

Ramirez opened the limo door for her, and she stepped out and gave him a hug. They exchanged a corsage and boutonniere.

Journalists were surrounding the limo when it arrived. When asked if there would be a second date, Michael indicated that he was hopeful for one or even a wedding, he said jokingly.

As for Caitlyn, she said, "I plead the fifth."

They were headed to prom at the Houston Museum of Natural Science after dinner.

From March until Saturday, the two had tried to go about their lives as normally as possible.

Ramirez worked his shifts at McDonald's, juggling interview requests in between. He hung out at the park with his friends. He tried on tuxedos with his mother, and played with his younger sisters.

Caitlyn continued her university class schedule, while intensifying workouts and hip-hop dance classes ahead of cheerleader tryouts in April. Officially on the team for a second year, she adjusted her schedule to continue teaching tumbling classes while going to practice and doing media interviews.

Ramirez's mother, meanwhile, tried to get a handle on it all. Cortez opened a Twitter account for the first time to help her son with retweets. Quickly, though, she became more adept. She congratulated the couple, and thanked Caitlyn in 140 characters.

Then she started taking screenshots of Ramirez's Twitter page as the interview requests piled up, telling him who to call and when.

"It's a little overwhelming," she said, wearing a red Project Graduation T-shirt while volunteering at a school fundraiser.

Yet she's excited. Tears well up in her eyes. Her baby, she points out, is graduating.

"In the very beginning to me it was just one of his pranks because that's just who Mike is. He likes to play around and joke around a lot, but I figured if he set his mind to it, it would work out," Cortez said.

Critical thinking challenge: The media publishes and broadcasts stories every day. Why is the media interested in Mikes story?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/10000-rts-get-teen-prom-date-nfl-cheerleader/

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  • ChristinaM-Hen
    5/12/2014 - 04:25 p.m.

    I think a NFL cheerleader going with a Senior to prom is a good idea because it is giving the senior a life experience. I also think its a good idea because it's finishing his last year of high school with a thrilling memory.

  • reeftess
    5/12/2014 - 09:49 p.m.

    I find this article very interesting because Mike is a regular high schooler and Caitlyn is a NFL cheerleader, totally different, yet they go to prom together. She must be very nice to just make Mike's day and take time out of her day to do that. Also, I find it funny that the Internet can set you up on a prom date with a NFL cheerleader. It's funny how Mike got 10,000 re tweets for something that started out not serious at all but grew more serious until it happened! I can't believe that she agreed but it's very sweet of her to do so.:)

  • TaylorT01
    5/13/2014 - 11:34 a.m.

    This is so cool, i bet one of you guys are really jelous. I know i am because she is an NFL cheerleader and she is going to prom with a teen. But hey congrats on it!

    • CieraGreenQ4
      5/13/2014 - 04:49 p.m.

      That's cool that she had said yes! But what if he had done something?! But I'm so happy for him! That's amazing that she said yes! But what happened after prom? Have they met up since? Do they talk?

  • Mezekerta
    5/13/2014 - 01:54 p.m.

    I think this is great that he got an NFL cheerleader to go to Prom with him. That's really cool. Also that's awesome that he got 10,000 retweets.

  • Jens123
    5/13/2014 - 01:54 p.m.

    This is really neat! I am surprised that he got the 10000 re tweets! It would be awesome if this happened to more people or if an NFL player did this!

  • AARONap
    5/13/2014 - 02:05 p.m.

    this is really nice, The cheerleader from texas is such a nice girl.maybe i could even go to prom with her,that would be amazing but i bet the guy feels really good.

  • nhshannahk-Ste
    5/13/2014 - 02:09 p.m.

    The Media is most likely interested in Mike's story because it is inspiring. When something like this comes around, it makes people feel like any feet can be achieved if you just put your mind to it.

  • ArceliaPurpleQ4
    5/13/2014 - 02:48 p.m.

    I think thats awesome that he got to go to prom with her especially because him & his girlfriend recently broke up, good for him!

  • JayceP12
    5/13/2014 - 02:53 p.m.

    This is so cool how it was just a normal boy in a small town going to prom with an NFL cheerleader! This article just shows actually how nice and sweet Caitlyn is. She could of gone on a date with probably any NFL player but she went to prom with just a normal boy! Thats just so cool and shows how cheerleaders aren't always the snotty popular kids they actually are really nice!

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