"Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says.... "Oh No....she's awake!!"
After cheering in high school she became a physical education major at UGA where she was on the gymnastics team her first two years of college. Also, while at Campus Crusade for Christ her freshman year at the University of Georgia, Marilou realized she had a "religion" but not a "relationship" with Jesus Christ. She asked Him into her heart and so started her spiritual journey. The next 3 years, Marilou cheered for the Dawgs and was a two year captain and NCA College All-American her senior year. She was an active member of FCA in college.
Matt Braswell, an All Conference offensive lineman for the Bulldogs married Marilou on December 9th of his junior year at UGA. He went on to play football for the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos where their daughter, Laci Ann was born. Two years later in Athens, their son Beau Matthew arrived.
After coaching high school cheerleaders and teaching PE at the Lovett School in Atlanta for six years, Marilou was hired to return to her alma mater, the University of Georgia, as the head cheerleading coach in 1993 where she coached until 2004. She then went on to be the Dean of Women at Whitefield Academy in Atlanta. She is currently the Executive Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Cheerleading Ministry.
Marilou and Matt have been married 38 years. They live in her hometown of Athens, GA. Their daughter Laci is married to Adam Nelson, a three-time Olympian in the shot put having won one silver and one gold medal. Their son Beau is in Law school at George Washington University and is married to Stefanie Ortiz-Villajos Braswell. Marilou's two grandchildren Caroline Grace and Lauren Olivia Nelson, are the highlights of her life.
Marilou's favorite verse is: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good CHEER, for I have overcome the world!"