Breanna is pictured here on the far left during her mission trip this past summer in Haiti spreading the COLTSTRONG love with other teammates.
Hi, Colts Fans! I am so honored to be this week's Cheerleader of the Week and to give you a little insight into my life in and outside of the Colts.
After a year hiatus, I am back for what is now my sixth season as an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader! The old saying "time flies when you are having fun" cannot be truer. I am extremely blessed for this opportunity once again to cheer along with the greatest fans in the NFL. Some of my amazing opportunities during my career with Colts include a military tour to Japan, cheering at Super Bowl XLIV, being selected as the 2013 Pro Bowl cheerleader and promoting the NFL in Mexico City and China. We also traveled to beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to shoot our 2014-2015 calendar. The beautiful landscape and the talents of our crew made this year's calendar so amazing; be sure to pick one up if you haven't done so.
Outside of the Colts, I am a native of Evansville, Indiana and am the youngest of three children. I have two older brothers. My oldest brother and his family live here in Indianapolis, while my other brother and his family live in Evansville along with my parents. I currently live with three of my teammates in Carmel and consider them my "framily." Since I never had a sister growing up, I have relished having three "sisters" to share advice, laughs and birthdays with! When I am not working or cheering, I love to go to country concerts, workout at Core Pilates and Fitness and hang out at home watching chick flicks. I also love meeting new people; if you ever see me out and about be sure to come up and say 'Hi!'
Last Thursday, we welcomed some of our teammates back from a Military tour in Mexico. It is so great to hear about their adventures, but it is even better having us all back together again. On Friday night, we had rehearsal with our Junior Cheerleaders. We have a great group of girls this year, and I have had so much fun getting to know the girls on my squad. We also had a going away dinner on Friday for my close friend, Nicole, who is moving to Houston in a few weeks. Nicole and I cheered together for 3 years. Even though I am so happy for her and her husband, I will miss her so much. The past week could not have ended any sweeter with the BIG win over the Titans! This makes our second win in the AFC south; I couldn't ask for any more than that from our boys in blue! Go Colts!
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all my family and friends in Evansville who have supported me unconditionally these last several years. Little did I know that this dream I had seven years ago would mean so many sacrifices for my family. Because of their love for me, they have embraced this journey with me and allowed me the freedom to follow my heart and make my dreams a reality! I am a very lucky woman and thank God everyday for all the blessings in my life.
Lastly, I would like to thank all the Colts fans; it is because of you that I keep coming back year after year. I love sharing this common bond with all of you! Together we are COLTSTRONG! GO COLTS!
You were selected this past summer to go to Haiti with other NFL Cheerleaders on a mission trip. What did you do while you were there
My trip to Haiti was a life changing experience for me. My life was becoming filled with excessiveness. I felt myself pulling from my faith and the person that I wanted to be. Once I got word from "I'm ME" that my application had been selected, I knew God was calling me to these kids. Until you can see oppression first hand, you cannot fully understand what they are going through. These kids have only the basic needs, but are full of joy, praise and love. From the moment we arrived at the house, our focus was on the kids. We cared for them, played from sunrise to sundown and spent many hours holding them in our arms. We had the opportunity to help with renovations for a building being used for an after school program, hike to the top of a mountain to view the beautiful land of Haiti and spend a few hours winding down at the beach. It was a very healing process for me, and I have made positive changes in my life since my return. I am planning on going back again next spring once the football season is over.Two years ago you were chosen as the Pro Bowl Cheerleader to represent the Colts. How does the team choose their Pro Bowl Cheerleader for the season? What did you have to do to prepare for the experience?
To be considered for Pro Bowl, you must show good leadership skills, be a positive role model and have completed all of the requirements expected of a Colts Cheerleader. The squad votes for the individual they feel would best represent our team for that year, and the final decision is approved by the organization. I was so honored and humbled to have been selected as the 2013 Pro Bowl Cheerleader. I had a lot of support from our seamstress, Annette, as she helped me select the Colts attire that I would need and made sure everything fit perfectly. A disk with 12 routines was sent to me, and I had to be prepared to perform each one before I arrived in Hawaii. The whole week was filled with appearances and team bonding. It truly is a sisterhood and a once in a lifetime experience that I will cherish always.
You have been cheering for six years, but you took last year off. How has it been different coming back into the swing of things after being gone?
Funny thing is, it feels like I never left! I had such a passion for the squad and this team that I continued to help with Jr. Cheer and other functions when needed during my year hiatus. I am so grateful that the organization welcomed me back with open arms. Kelly, our coach, does a great job keeping us on track and organized, so the adjustment back has been minimal. Also, with the help of our trainer, Sean, I feel stronger and more confident than I ever have in my life!You have two brothers who you are really close to! What's something fun you like to do as a family or is a tradition that you all do together every year.
I am very close with my family. I am so proud of both of my brothers; they have taught me so much and have been my role models growing up. This year our family was blessed with two new additions - each of my brothers had their first child. Mason and Owen are the light of my life! There is one family tradition I cannot wait to share with them.
As long as I can remember, we have had the same Christmas Eve ritual. We go to an early Christmas Eve Mass, followed by a nice dinner. Next, we drive through the "Fantasy of Lights" in a local park and then head home, pile around the TV and watch "Christmas Vacation"!
Another tradition that has come about since we have gotten older is the Notre Dame/Purdue football game. We are definitely a house divided when it comes to these two fine universities. We usually get a fun tailgate in before the game and then we all sit together and root on our favorite team. I am proud to say the Irish crowd has been "loud and proud" for several years now! We are sad that this tradition will have to be put on hold for six years; the next Notre Dame/Purdue match up won't be until 2020!What is a game day must have that you cannot live without when the Colts are playing?
I have two MUST HAVES for every game day! I always wear my blue earrings that are surrounded with rhinestones; we call them our "memories." We wear them everywhere, and they are always with us so they collect ALL of our wonderful memories on this journey we are on. Also, my pride and joy, my AFC Championship ring. It is my constant reminder that I am part of an amazing organization, one that really cares about all those involved in the same common goal on and off of the field.
Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader: Breanna