Cheerleader of the Week 2014: Olivia

Meet Olivia, our Cheerleader of the Week!

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Hey, Colts fans! I am thrilled to be this week's Cheerleader of the Week and share a little about myself!

This is my first year as an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader. I feel very blessed to be a member of this amazing squad. Being a rookie means everything is new and exciting. Every experience is unique and one of a kind. My favorite experience so far was cheering at my first Colts game. Being on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium is incredible, and it is something I will never forget. Some other fun memories I have experienced this season are traveling to Puerto Vallarta for our calendar shoot and the haunted house field trip with my teammates this past month.

Balancing a full time job and being a Colts Cheerleader is time consuming, but rewarding. I wouldn't have it any other way! This past week has been busy and exciting. We have been preparing for our big game against the Patriots. Workouts and practices have been intense in preparation for our first home, Sunday night game!

I am so thankful to have supportive family and friends during this time in my life. I would not be able to follow my dreams as a Colts Cheerleader without the support of my wonderful husband, Ian, my parents and my sister, Zoe. They are my rock and support me through every stage of my life. I also want to thank the rest of my family and friends for their continuous support. I appreciate all of your kind words. I also want to thank all of the Colts fans for supporting me on this amazing journey. I am so excited continue to cheer on the Colts this season!

In my 20s, I hope to achieve…

In my 20s, I hope to achieve a successful career in sales as well as coach a dance or cheerleading squad. I also want to make my mark as a Colts Cheerleader and lead by example for young girls today and for future Colts Cheerleaders. I hope to be a positive role model for young girls and represent the Colts in the best way possible.

What has been your biggest challenge your rookie year?

The biggest challenge of my rookie year has been learning the ropes and what it takes to be a successful NFL Cheerleader. My goal is to be the best team member that I can be and learn from the veteran cheerleaders.

What are you excited for with your first Sunday Night football game?

I am excited for the Colts to get the opportunity to beat the Patriots. The Colts/Patriots rivalry goes back to when Peyton Manning first became a Colt. It's a matchup that every Indianapolis fan looks forward to on a yearly basis. Getting to cheer in this game is one of the many reasons I became a Colts Cheerleader! Go Colts!

The Patriots and the Colts have a heated rivalry in the NFL. What's your favorite rivalry and why?

It's not a true rivalry, but my favorite sports matchup is when Ball State football plays Indiana University. While being a member of the BSU Code Red Dance Team through my four years of college, we had the opportunity to play against IU twice in football. On both occasions, BSU was victorious over Indiana! This gave Ball State the chance to prove that they have a solid football program regardless of the size of the school and the conference they play in. Chirp Chirp!

Did you have anyone in your family serve in the military, and do you have anything you want to say to our Military Vets that are rooting on the Colts?

Four members of my family have served in the military: Grandpa, Papa, Uncle Jim, and my brother-in-law, Karl. My Grandpa was in the Marines. He served in WWII and was injured at Iwo Jima, and he received the Purple Heart. My Papa Harmon was also in the Marines and served during the Korean War. My Uncle Jim and brother-in-law, Karl, are members of the United States Air Force.

I would like to give an enormous thank you to all of our current and former military personnel. There is nothing I can say that would express the thanks I have for the ones who protect our country. I appreciate everything that they do, and continuously count my blessings, knowing that they continue to stand for what is right everyday. This is something that is near and dear to me and my family's heart.

Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader: Olivia

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