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Cheerleader of the Week 2014: Ciarra

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Meet Ciarra, our Cheerleader of the Week!

Hi Colts Fans!  It’s great to be back for my second season and as Cheerleader of the Week!  This last Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants was a blast.  It was good to be on the field and cheering with the 12th Man.   I am looking forward to a very successful football season!

I was born in Berkeley, California but moved to Franklin, Indiana when I was younger.  I am an only child and grew up with my mother and grandparents.  I have been dancing since age 2 and was a member of my high school dance team and show choir.  I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Indiana University and my MBA with a specialization in Health Care Administration from Indiana Wesleyan.   I currently work in Guest Relations for a Health Care company and as a Dance Instructor.

Last week was a fun week.  Fellow teammate, Mariah, and I got to dump cold water on the Fox 59 crew for the Colts Ice Bucket Challenge.  The whole cheerleading team was then challenged by the anchors at Fox 59.   During practice, and in 60 degree weather, we met the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS.  Despite the cold, it was for a great cause; we had a lot of fun and got some excellent photos.  Our faces were priceless!  Saturday was our first preseason game at Lucas Oil.  A huge thank you to Colts Fans who came out to Touchdown Town!  It was wonderful to be back on the field and performing.  We had an amazing halftime show with the Blue Stampede, Colts Junior Cheerleaders and Youth Summer Camp cheerleaders.  Congratulations to all our halftime performers! You looked fantastic!

Thanks to the Colts organization for allowing me to be part of NFL’s finest!  Special thanks to my incredible teammates, friends and family for all their support.  I love you all!



You’ve been a dancer all of your life. What’s your favorite style of dance and why?

I love contemporary.  It challenges dancers to be expressive.   It is unpredictable, free and dynamic.  Yet it can still be graceful and subtle, telling a story with every movement. L-O-V-E it!

When preparing for game days, what is a ritual you always do before every game?

Before game days I always pack my uniform with the horseshoes facing up and wear my Colts socks to field rehearsal.  The one time I didn’t, was last season’s loss to the Rams.

Coming off of the first home, pre-season game, how is it different from your rookie season now that you are a vet? Have your responsibilities changed?

Most of the nerves from my rookie year have changed to pure excitement this year, as we head into what I know will be a winning season. I've always felt that it is necessary to be a role model for the young girls and women around me. However, as a vet there's even more emphasis to set a good example for the rookies and to serve as a mentor. The vets did it for me during my rookie year.  I believe it's important to pay it forward!   

What is your most unusual hobby?

I love doing logic games and puzzles.  I could seriously spend hours doing puzzle after puzzle.  I have several apps for logic games on my phone and books of puzzles at home.  Kind of nerdy, but I enjoy it!

Who are two people you would like to have dinner with?

I would love to have dinner with Vince Vaughn! Twice please! I think he is hilarious! I cannot get enough of him!

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