Hey there Colts fans! My name is Shelby, and this is my third season as an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader. Although I was born in Florida and miss the warmer weather year round, I would not trade living in Indianapolis for anything! Moving to Indy was God's plan because he knew something special was here waiting for us. Not long after moving here my mom, Janet, met the man of her dreams, Eric, and I got the best dad a girl could ever have. After they got married, Eric adopted me to make me his legal daughter. Him and his boys, Gabe and Gareth, are the best thing to ever happen to my mom and I.
When I'm not cheering, I work full time in the Buying and Merchandising department of Lids. I have been there for a year now and feel extremely blessed to have landed the job. The people I work with are understanding, outgoing, and hard working. Plus, everyone has one thing in common, we all love SPORTS! Just as our motto says "Have fun, sell hats!" Outside of that, I am usually spending time with family, friends, or my sweet cat named Herman! I love to make people laugh and always live my life to the fullest. Country music, America, and football are a few of my favorite things. I can honestly say I enjoy working out at Core Pilates and LA Fitness; both keep me healthy and fit. I also found a new love for boxing about a year ago which I try to do at least once a month.
I have had the opportunity to do a lot of things I never dreamed of doing with this organization; everything from skydiving, going to Puerto Vallarta for a calendar shoot, and even building a playground for kids, who didn't have a nice area to play around. I have also had the honor of being a Junior Cheer instructor for two seasons to some of the most amazing kids. They are inspiring, hard working, dreamers, and full of life! This organization has definitely changed me. It molded me into the woman I am today, and I'm beyond thankful for that. It made me grow up quick and open my eyes to so much more.
I just want to close this with saying that I would not be where I am today without not only the Colts, but most importantly, my parents. They have been my backbone through these incredible three seasons and always push me to be the best. My parents are my best friends, and I would be lost without them. Also, fans, y'all are ROCKSTARS! Thank you for the daily support! You are all so kind hearted, respectful, and one heck of a 12th man! Keep the passion for our boys in blue running strong! See you at the next home game!
One of your favorite things to do is to workout (especially at Core Pilates!) Can you share with the fans your favorite workout/exercise move that they can perform at home?My favorite exercise and one that anyone can do at home is squatting. You can squat with or without weights. It is a simple move to tighten and strengthen your thighs, hips, and buttocks.
Who is your favorite Colts player and why?
Ohhhh making me choose?! I can't do that! I think all of the guys seem great. Everything I hear about how hard working and passionate they are about not only the game, but also each other, is incredible. I see their interaction with fans daily, whether it be on social media, at appearances doing community work, or at the games. You can tell they really do love and care about Colts Nation. I mean who wouldn't? Y'all always bring the noise!
With the Breast Cancer Awareness game last Sunday, tell us your favorite part every year about the PINK OUT game.
My favorite part about the PINK OUT game is seeing all of the woman, who fought this terrible cancer, have the biggest and most beautiful smiles on their faces. They are true warriors! The fact that the Colts and the NFL show support by painting Indy pink for the month fills my heart with joy. Having Trace Adkins perform on Sunday for the game was an amazing highlight this year as well!
We all know you love country, but what song are you embarrassed to have on your iPod right now?
Country music is my true love, BUT the one station I am embarrassed to have on my Spotify would be 'Hip-Hop BBQ.' Sounds corny, I know, but it is throwback hip-hop and R&B that really pushes me when I'm lifting and starting to drag!
What is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment would have to be making this team. The Colts Cheerleaders are more than just girls with pompoms. They are ambassadors and faces of the organization. They are the ones in the community every day working with fans, young and old, and making a difference in someone's life by taking the time to get to know them and share the love for our team.
Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader: Shelby