Hello, Colts Nation! My name is Stefanie and I am so excited to be your Colts Cheerleader of the Week!
I am humbled to be returning for a sixth year! Being an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader has given me some amazing experiences and allowed me the opportunity to meet incredible fans. Over the past six years I have danced on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," interviewed celebrities on the red carpet for Super Bowl XLVI, sang the National Anthem at two Colts games and traveled to Djibouiti, Africa, London and Mexico. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization and cheering beside the most outstanding women I have ever met. Being a Sweetheart of the Horseshoe is a tremendous honor and privilege.
I would like to give a huge thank you to my family! Mom, dad, Matt and Klen thank you so much for supporting me and traveling 3 hours to every home game. I am so blessed to have each of you in my life and I could have never done this without you. Thank you Laney, Tiffanie and Chiara for being the best friends a girl could ask for and also for your constant support. Lastly, thank you to my incredible teammates, Coach Kelly and all of you Colts fans out there!
You have worn glasses since you were nine months and you happen to be blind in one eye. Does your vision impact you on game days?
I typically wear glasses, but on game day I wear a contact in my "good" eye. This helps me see the score board, field and fans in the lower levels.
This past week the Colts Cheerleaders visited Indy Scream Park for a photoshoot and to tour their haunted house attractions. How was this experience for you?
Indy Scream Park was absolutely amazing! I started the day by having a WWII themed shoot. I wore a military outfit and posed by old trucks and sand bags. It was a blast and our photographer, Matt Bowen, was so much fun to work with, as always. I met my teammates at the park later that evening to go through a few of the attractions. We were scared silly after going through Rage 3D, Blackpool Prison and Zombie Apocalypse. Each attraction was different and scary in a whole new way! Blackpool Prison was my favorite because it was interactive and I had never experienced anything like it. The best part of the experience was being able to share it with my teammates!
Sunday we played the Patriots. What is your favorite part of being at Lucas Oil Stadium for big games such as this?
There is NOTHING like cheering at a Sunday Night Football game! The excitement of the fans, the roar of the crowd and the power from the team, you can feel the energy pulsing throughout Lucas Oil Stadium! My absolute favorite part of game day is tunnel. The crowd is so excited and it is the start to another great game! Although it was not the outcome we were hoping for, I am so proud of our team and can not wait to take the Patriots on again!
What do you love most about autumn?
Fall is my favorite season! I grew up in the country and have always taken pleasure in watching the leaves change colors. I also love crunching fallen leaves, making apple pie and carving pumpkins!
You traveled to Haiti this summer with a few other Colts Cheerleaders. Tell us what you took most from this trip!
I have traveled to Haiti twice this year to serve on Misson trips with I'm ME, an organization trying to end the orphan cycle through family. It completely transformed my life and has inspired me to make Haiti a home in the future. My trips have helped me refocus my life on God and has shown me the desire I have to help orphaned children. I think about the people of Haiti every day and I can not wait to get back!