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Spreading cheer in the Dominican Republic

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It's a new week in Punta Cana and the Patriots Cheerleaders got it started by getting out into the local community to give back.

On Monday morning, the women and several staff members of the Paradisus Palma Real traveled an hour to the city of Higuey. There, they spent time with about 20 boys of the orphanage Fundacion Un Mundo Mejor para la Ninez Desamparada. The hotel donated lunches for the boys, who displayed big smiles as the cheerleaders handed out the food. They spent some time talking and playing games before watching Paradisus' activity team perform for the group. There was also an impromptu dance party and then some of the Patriots Cheerleaders picked up their pom-poms to share a routine, which got a big applause from the boys.

Once the group arrived back at Paradisus Palma Real, Cheerleaders Director Tracy was waiting for them with one of the week's big announcement: whom she and photographer Justin Hammond had selected for the calendar cover. While we can't reveal anything just yet, there was definitely a lot of excitement among all the women on the squad for those who were chosen.

The cheerleaders then enjoyed an afternoon break before six of them – Hannah, Lasondra, Victoria, Julia and Lauren – hosted a fun Newlywed Game-style trivia contest for couples at the resort, including fellow cheerleaderJodi and her new fiancé. There were lots of laughs as the couples tested their knowledge of pet peeves, first dates and bucket list items.

Day 5 of the Patriots Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar trip was a special one.  The cheerleaders began the day with a trip to an orphanage in Higuey, Dominican Republic where they met some great new friends.  In between photo shoots and video shoots, they spent down time on the beach and even hosted a Newlywed Game Show in the Paradisus Palma Real lobby lounge.  Photo Credit: Laszlo Tarko

The cheerleaders have two more days in paradise at Punta Cana's Paradisus Palma Real. Keep checking in with Patriots.com and Patriots Lifestyle for all the latest news and photos from their swimsuit calendar photo shoot.

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