When Laura Vikmanis' husband ran off with a younger woman, the 39-year-old knew she needed something to cheer herself up.
Her two teenage daughters were growing up fast and she needed something to fill her new-found free time.
Then as she sat during the interval of a Cincinnati Bengals American football game watching the leaps and twirls of the young cheerleaders, her sister came up with an idea.
Three years on, Laura is a bona fide Ben Gal, and - at 42 - the oldest cheerleader in American sport.
Poached: New Line Cinema, who made films such as the Hobbit and the Sex and the City films, heard about her story and immediately signed her up to a movie deal
You go, girl!