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Meet The Cheerleader Of The Week: Ambria

Posted Dec 5, 2017

For Ambria, her second season with the Colts Cheerleaders is just as exciting as her first.

“I can’t even put into words how great it is – just to be back on the field and doing what I love for a second season,” she says. “I feel like I’m more relaxed. I kind of know what I’m doing. I know what to expect a little bit.”

This year, she’s a vet. And she’s enjoying all that comes with it – including coaching up the rookies.

“I’m always pushing myself to be better and trying to be a role model. Last year, the vets were such role models to me,” she says. “I was telling some of the rookies that standing behind Mariah last season made me a much better dancer. It made me push myself. If she got low, I got low. When she was traveling, I’m traveling. I’m trying to be that for the rookies.”


When she’s not cheering on the Colts, she’s cheering on the clients she works with while pursuing her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.

“My whole thing is positive psychology and I’ve tried to incorporate ways to turn negative thinking into positive and change your automatic thinking so when you’re negative or when you’re depressed or you have anxiety, you can think about it, acknowledge those feelings, and move on through it and find a more positive way to spin it and reframe it.”

At times, the cheerleader in her comes out. 

“My supervisor is like, ‘You’re totally a cheerleader,’ when she watches my sessions. I’m smiling at the end like, ‘You can do it!’ Sometimes, I catch myself being really cheerleader-y in my sessions. I’m like, ‘Oh, sorry. That was so cliché. But I really think that you can do it.’”

And in her downtime, she cheers on her boyfriend, Nate, a graduate assistant who helps coach the defensive line at Tennessee.

“It’s so weird to be on the other side. And I’m cheering for a coach. It’s like, ‘Let’s go, defense!’” 

Nate appreciates that she understands both the game of football and the lifestyle.

“It’s literally my life. I told him I signed up to have turf in my boots forever. When I come home, I have turf in my shoes and then whenever he comes over, there’s literally turf everywhere.”

But it goes with the territory.

“We both love football so much. He’s chasing his dream. He’s such a good coach and he’s such a good leader. I’m excited to see where it goes,” she says. “One day, maybe we’ll switch places and he’ll be on the field and I’ll be in the stands.”

For now, she stays busy doing it all – cheering, studying, working, and even coaching the Brebeuf High School dance team.

“It’s our way to give back – teach them what we know and be a role model for them. This is how you keep a busy schedule, this is how you cope with things that happen, kind of counseling – again. Teaching them how to turn their negatives to positives.”

A cheerleader by nature, no matter what Ambria is doing, she’s always cheering someone on. Because everyone needs a cheerleader in their life.

And it’s a job she was born to do.

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