Hi Colts fans! I am so happy to be this week’s Cheerleader of the Week! Summer is finally winding down, which means football season is upon us! Words cannot describe how excited I am to take the field this Saturday for the Colts verse Giants preseason game at Lucas Oil!
This is my third season as an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader and to say that every year it gets better is an understatement. We have already done so many fun and exciting things this year such as traveling to Puerto Vallarta for our calendar shoot and going skydiving for Riley Children’s Hospital and Canopies for Kids! Being a Colts cheerleader was always a dream of mine growing up, and being able to cheer on my favorite NFL team as well as support the community I love is truly like living a fairy tale. Not to mention I get to see and dance with 27 of my best friends every week!
I was born and raised in Greenwood, Indiana, and I am the youngest of six kids; it was like having a lot of moms and dads raising me. I attended Indiana University where I received my B.S. in Biology, and now I currently work as a pharmaceutical sales representative. Throughout college I worked as a molecular biology assistant and an NCA cheerleading instructor. After graduating, I didn’t want my cheerleading career to end, so I decided to pursue my dream of becoming an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader. I am so happy that I did!
I wouldn't be where I am today without the love and support of my friends and family. They have always pushed me to chase after my dreams and have stood behind me through thick and thin. I thank God every day for the amazing opportunities I have been given and my amazing support system. This organization is truly the best in the NFL, and I feel so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful team and community; this organization truly feels like my second family!
Who was your biggest influence in becoming a Colts Cheerleader:
I have always enjoyed cheerleading and dance ever since I was a little girl, and my family played a huge part in my accomplishments growing up. My older sister also had a tremendous love for cheer and dance, and she not only taught me a lot of what I know, but also helped me prepare for Colts Cheer auditions. I remember having met a couple of the Colt Cheerleaders the year before I tried out and just having so much respect and admiration for what they do with the organization and outside Colts activities. Having had the opportunity to meet them really solidified my desire to being a cheerleader myself.
With the first home, pre-season game this week, can you tell us the feeling you get when you walk out of the tunnel on game days?
It feels like waking up as a little kid on Christmas Day excited to see if Santa visited you the night before. Pure bliss. I don't think the feeling will ever get old, I still get goose bumps every time I hear the engine rev on the motorcycle as we all begin to run out of the tunnel into the spotlights of Lucas Oil Stadium. Hearing the screams from the excited fans and seeing the smiles on all of my teammate’s faces as we take the field is truly one of the most amazing experiences in the world. It’s hard to describe, but it gives me goose bumps just thinking about it. I am so excited for this weekend!
What’s the hardest adjustment you had to make when you became a Colts Cheerleader?
Time management was definitely the hardest adjustment for me. Every girl on our squad is either a full time student or has a full time job. When you add being a Colts Cheerleader into that, time management becomes tricky. At first it was difficult balancing work, dance, fitness, appearances and personal life, but now being three seasons in, I feel like I have almost mastered the art of time management, aka life juggling. Even though we stay extremely busy, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I am truly having the time of my life doing what I love with my best friends.
Where’s the craziest place you have traveled to and why?
I love to travel; it is definitely a passion of mine. I would have to say the craziest place I have been to thus far is not that crazy, but it was definitely my favorite place I’ve visited, and that was Maui, Hawaii. I had the opportunity to go there with my family and cheer at the Hula Bowl. Hawaii is such a beautiful and unique state, and if you ever get the opportunity to experience Hawaii, I suggest you go. It’s amazing!
What’s a secret you have in preparing to look your best on game days, whether it’s your signature lipstick color or breakfast of champions?
Eating a hearty breakfast and having a big cup of Joe in the morning is essential in getting me up and ready for game day. We usually get to the stadium before sunrise and stay there all day, so having a healthy breakfast is important to give us energy to make it through the day! I also have a lip stain that I have had since the first year I cheered with the Colts. I feel like it is my lucky lipstick so I make sure I have that packed before heading to the stadium! Can’t break tradition; it might jinx the team!