Meet Cassia: Cheerleader of the Week

Good Morning Colts Nation! Cassia here - and I am your Cheerleader of the Week!

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I hope everyone has been having a wonderful summer, it may be a rainy one, but nothing beats those Indiana summer nights! As a teacher, I have been spending my summer traveling and coaching my dance team. I don't know about you, but I sure am itching to get back to football season! We have been working hard at practice and can't wait to see you all at Lucas Oil Stadium in a few weeks. In the meantime, I hope to see some of you THIS FRIDAY at our Calendar Release Party!

I am entering my fourth season with the Indianapolis Colts and my second year as a captain (shout out to my Squad 3 beauties!). I was born in Lebanon, IN and raised in Lake Villa, IL. I graduated from Purdue University (Boiler Up!) where I was a member of Delta Zeta sorority and the Purdue Golduster Dance Team. Since graduating, I've been in Indianapolis and love every second of living in this city! My favorite part? This incredible Colts community!

I am thankful each and every day for the blessings that God has given me and the many lessons he has taught me along the way. I would also like to thank my boyfriend and parents for their never ending love and support. Finally, I would like to thank my coach and teammates! You ladies are my biggest motivation and driving force behind all that I do. I didn't think it was possible to meet so many admirable and inspirational people in a lifetime - how lucky am I to see 28 of them on a weekly basis?! I love you all!

The Colts Cheerleaders Calendar Release Party will be held this week on July 24th at Latitude 360. What are you looking forward to most?

I am most excited to see our calendar, but after that, I'm looking forward to just doing some bowling and spending time with friends! It is going to be such a fun night - can't wait to meet some of our best fans!

You were able to travel to Puerto Vallarta for last year's Calendar shoot. What was your favorite part of this year's Calendar shoot in Riviera Maya?

Since most of us have full time jobs, it can be hard for us to enjoy some time away from practice with each other. My favorite part of being in Riviera Maya was just being on a vacation with my friends! It was absolutely stunning there and experiencing that with these ladies was nothing short of perfect!

As a Colts Cheer Captain, can you tell us what some of your responsibilities include?

As in many leadership positions, communication is key. I always try to make sure everyone is on the same page, understands what to have prepared, provide feedback, and work with our coach to relay information. At practice, our major roll is doing what is necessary to ensure our squads are game day ready and to make sure we are getting work done. Outside of practice we always like to plan some squad bonding events!

You are a dance coach at a local high school. What do you love most about working with this group of girls?

Their PASSION for dance is out of this world. These girls will stop at nothing to achieve their team goals and are always encouraging each other to rise up to the next challenge. They have a fire inside of them that is so evident to anyone who watches them. It sends chills up my spine!

Being a high school nutrition and wellness teacher, what is a piece of advice that you always give to your students?

The body you are sitting in right now is the same one you'll have for the rest of your life. If you take care of it now, it will reward you with a longer and happier life! Put down those Pop Tarts and Hot Cheetos!

Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader: Cassia

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