NFL first for Eagles: Cheerleader calendar app

Eagles cheerleaders Michelle Morris, left, Stephanie Smith, center, and Monica Grandienard, right, talk before they pose in the bikinis they will wear for the calendar photo session in Mexico. The squad was at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., for a fitting on May 5, 2010. ( David Maialetti / staff photographer )
Eagles cheerleaders Michelle Morris, left, Stephanie Smith, center, and Monica Grandienard, right, talk before they pose in the bikinis they will wear for the calendar photo session in Mexico. The squad was at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., for a fitting on May 5, 2010. ( David Maialetti / staff photographer )
Posted: September 01, 2011

Appy, appy, joy, joy.

The eco-friendly Eagles cheerleading squad is going high-tech with a mobile app for its annual calendar.

The usual spring trek to a steamy locale for the calendar shoot got wiped by the lockout of the National Football League.

So next week, the 38-member squad will be bikini modeling at Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia on Tuesday, and at Sweetwater Farms in Glen Mills on Wednesday, according to Barbara Zaun, director of cheerleading.

Sorry, fans, the sessions are closed to the public.

Three years ago, the Eagles began combining eco-activism with the calendar, by incoporating natural and recycled materials into the swimsuits and accessories.

This year, there will be a mobile dimension, as the calendar will be available for $1.99 on an app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices.

No other NFL team has tried this yet, Zaun said.

Still pics and videos will be included when the app's available, probably in late October or early November.

The app calendar will span January to December 2012.

In other cheerleading news ... Esquire.com focuses on squad member Stephanie Smith in its "Me in My Place" photo feature, which has her posing around her apartment and sharing her tempting recipe for cookies with whole Oreos in the middle and baked in a muffin pan. "In less than six hours of posting it, her photos and video had more than 400,000 hits!" Zaun said. To view, go to http://bit.ly/qXHpXi.


Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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