Hey Colts Fans! My name is Julia, and I'm very excited to kick off our "Cheerleader of the Week" for this season! This is my fourth season as an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader, and I can't wait to see what this year has in store for us.
I was born and raised in the small town of Delphos, Ohio. Before becoming an NFL Cheerleader I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton, where I studied Exercise Science. From there, I went on to graduate from Ball State University with my Master's Degree in Sports Administration. It was during my first year at Ball State that I decided to audition for the Colts. It was definitely the best decision I ever made!
Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader: Julia P.
I am not only a Cheerleader for the Colts, but I also work full time in the Colts Mascot Program as Blue's assistant. One of my responsibilities is to be the emcee for Blue's educational shows that he puts on for over 100 schools throughout Indiana. I am extremely excited to assist Blue in teaching kids the importance of exercise, healthy eating, and making good choices every day! I get so much joy out of coming to work every day.
Before we get into my Q&A, I would like to thank my family for the tremendous support these past three years. I am lucky to have a family that drives six hours every home game day to support me. I would also like to thank God for blessing me with such amazing opportunities.What are you looking forward to the most this season?
I am looking forward to being a Captain again this year. Last year was my first season as a Captain; therefore, it was definitely a learning process. Coming back with one season under my belt will definitely give me more confidence and leadership as a Captain. I'm excited to get back on the sidelines!
This was the first year the Colts Cheerleaders shot their swim calendar out of the country. What was it like to be photographed in Mexico and how was it different than past seasons?
Doing a photo shoot on the beautiful, tropical beaches of Mexico was an experience I will never forget. Last year I shot on a beach in Michigan, and while it was beautiful there too, it was really cold! I absolutely loved shooting in the warm weather with the tropical landscape behind me. Even the traveling to and from Mexico with my teammates was a blast! It was a great bonding experience for everyone.
You were an intern for the mascot department three years ago and now you work as the assistant to Blue. How is it working in the office with the best mascot in the NFL?
It has been a dream of mine to work for the Colts organization full-time outside of cheerleading, and I still can't believe that dream has come true. Working with Blue is an absolute blast, and it's an honor to work beside the best in the league. Every day that I come into the office, I don't feel like I'm coming to work. While we do put in a lot of hours at the office, we have the opportunity to get out in the community for the many appearances Blue does throughout Indiana. I absolutely love my job!
When you aren't with Blue or the Colts Cheerleaders, whom do you hang out with the most? And what do you love to do together?
I am fortunate to live with three of my teammates, Colts Cheerleaders Ann, Brittany and Breanna. These girls are not only my teammates, they are my best friends. When we aren't at practice, work or an appearance, we are doing something together! We love to go boating, go on fun weekend trips and even hit up the gym together! I think the moments we cherish the most are the simple times when we are just hanging out in our living room relaxing, chatting, and laughing together. These girls have been the rock in my life for a long time and I wouldn't be where I am today without them!You were selected by your team to represent the Colts Cheerleaders at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii last year. What advice do you have for future Pro Bowl cheerleaders and how did that experience change you?
To our future 2015 Colts Pro Bowl Cheerleader, I would tell her to soak up every minute of that experience! The week goes by so fast! You don't want to get too caught up trying to take pictures of every moment (because you will definitely have the urge to take a million pictures!). You just don't want to be so focused on capturing the moment on camera that you miss out on the actual experience. Pro Bowl made a measurable impact on my life. I met the most beautiful, intelligent, and empowering women on that trip. I feel extremely blessed that I had the opportunity to meet them. I still keep in touch with many of my Pro Bowl Sisters to this day! We have an extremely special bond. Even though we all come from all over the United States, within one week we felt like a family. Pro Bowl was an experience that I will never forget!