I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! I was lucky enough to get tickets to see the Rolling Stones on Saturday night so this was definitely one of my favorite 4th of July memories!
Born and raised in Carmel, IN, I have been a Colts fan my whole life and feel extremely blessed to be starting my fifth season as a Sweetheart of the Horseshoe. I began dancing at the age of three and, also, have three younger sisters who followed in my footsteps with a passion for dance. Growing up, my entire family (including my parents) were a part of the Nutcracker ballet. It was very special to have something all six of us could be in together every year.
After graduating from Indiana University with a finance degree through the Kelley School of Business, I began my career as a financial advisor. It's been a lot of fun having two jobs that are so very different from one another. While I love the serious aspect of working in the financial industry, nothing can compare to the unbelievable experiences I have been blessed with through Colts Cheerleading. The past two years, we have travelled to Mexico for our swimsuit calendar shoot. Last season, I was able to go on a military tour to Curacao and Puerto Rico with nine other cheerleaders. I have done countless appearances and performances over the past four years, but my most memorable experience, by far, was performing with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Super Bowl special at the Hilbert Theatre in Indianapolis.
I wouldn't be where I am today without the love and support from my family and friends. Mom and Dad, thank you for EVERYTHING! Your love, patience, guidance, and discipline has molded me into who I am today and I pray that I will continue to make you proud. I love you both so, so much! Elaine, Chrissy, and Emmie, nothing compares to the bond the four of us have. I thank God every day that he blessed me with the three most amazing sisters anyone could ever hope for. I love you all more than you know! Lastly, thank you, God, for loving me and blessing me with a life way beyond what I deserve. I love you!
You were able to attend the NFL draft alongside seven other Colts Cheerleaders. What was most memorable about this event?Two things stick out to me from the NFL draft weekend. The first was being inside the theatre and watching Roger Goodell announce the Colts draft pick. The other was when the eight of us asked if we could do an impromptu show for Draft Town. We had so much fun performing for the crowd that we asked if we could perform again, so the stage manager cleared a spot for us after sunset. It was so much fun!
You have been to six of the seven continents. What was your favorite place that you visited and why?Oh, that's a tough one, because they were all so different! I think I would have to pick Africa. I went on an African safari and saw some amazing animals and scenery. Also, I was able to see the Milky Way one night, which was absolutely breathtaking! What is your favorite thing about Indiana? That's easy… The Colts, of course!
As the tallest cheerleader on the team, what advice do you have for tall girls everywhere? Rock your heels!! I was so self-conscious about my height growing up and I still struggle with it today, but we are all beautiful no matter how tall or short we are. Be confident with the body that God gave you! We only have one shot at life on earth, so might as well make the most of it with the tallest shoes possible!
You work as a financial advisor in Indiana. To all big spenders, what is your best recommendation when it comes to budgeting? Start saving NOW!! My dad's rule of thumb that he drilled into my head was, "If you save 20% of your take-home income and let it grow until retirement age, then you will be able to live a very comfortable lifestyle when you retire." You can spend every penny afterwards as long as you pay your bills and save that 20%!
Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader: Ann