Colts Nation, my name is Nicole T., and I am so happy to tell you a little bit about myself and be your Cheerleader of the Week!
I am very fortunate to say that this is my fifth season as a 'Sweetheart of the Horseshoe!' Cheering for the best team in the NFL is a dream come true! When I first became a Colts Cheerleader, I was only 19 years old. Being a part of this organization has shaped me into the woman I am today, and I am forever grateful. I have experienced the most incredible opportunities and made many amazing memories during my time as a cheerleader, so far! A couple of my favorites include traveling to Curaçao and Puerto Rico to visit our troops, performing and doing appearances for Super Bowl XLVI, shooting our 2015 swimsuit calendar in Mexico, and cheering at the Manning versus Manning game my rookie year!
When I am not at practice, a game, or practicing for practice, I like to spend my time with my family, friends, and my dog! Family time is so important to me, and I drive down to hometown any time I can to spend time with my family. I love to go shopping, work out, watch movies, and listen to music. I could not live without listening to music a couple of times a day.
The past five years I have been blessed with the opportunity to do a lot of things I never dreamed of doing thanks to this organization. Although, being a cheerleader has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life so far, it takes a lot of dedication. I would not have been able to live out this dream of mine without the patience, support, and love from my husband, friends, and family. They keep me down to earth, they tell me how it is, and they are with me 100 percent of the way! They have been there for me since day one, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. I would also like to thank all of Colts Nation! You guys are AWESOME! Lucas Oil Stadium has been so loud and crazy the past couple of games thanks to you! Keep bleeding blue, and GO HORSE!
Congrats, you're a recent newlywed! What was the most fun part in planning your wedding?
Thank you! Planning a wedding is definitely not an easy task, but my husband and I loved every second of it! I truly enjoyed the overall planning and organizing of everything, but if I had to pick one part that was the most fun, I would say it was setting up our registry! Very simple, I know, but it was so funny seeing the items that my husband would pick out and then explain why we just HAD to have it. I never laughed so hard! He was trying to be helpful but let's just say we had to do some editing to our list of items.
What's something fun that you did while in Mexico shooting the 2014-2015 Colts Cheer Swimsuit Calendar?
I truly had the time of my life in Mexico! I went snorkeling, jet skiing, took my first water aerobics class, and got to dance by the pool every morning. I made the best memories with my teammates and will never forget that week!
What's the best part about being a Colts Cheerleader?
The best part about being a Colts Cheerleader is getting to work in and with the community! There are so many great appearances that we get to par take in every year, and I love meeting different people in the area. Colts fans really are the best and nothing beats getting to interact with them all the time on a one-on-one basis.
What's a tradition that you and your teammates have every year that's special to you?
A tradition that I have with some of my teammates is to set aside a couple of times a season where we can just relax and have friend time! In the past, we have gone to amusement parks together, cooked dinner for each other, and even just go to the movies. Between practices and games, we are together all the time, but it's nice to spend quality time together and get to really know each other!
What is your greatest inspiration?
My greatest inspiration is my sisters! I look up to my older sister so much! She inspires me to work hard and is the reason I started dancing. My little sister inspires me to be the best person I can be. She has mentioned to me that I am one of her role models, so I want to set a good example for her in everything that I do.
Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader: Nicole