Meet The Cheerleader Of The Week: Ambria

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Ambria has many talents.

Making decisions isn't one of them.

"People always make fun of me because I have no favorites, I never can make up my mind," she said. "From what I'm going to eat for dinner to what I'm going to wear, what my favorite movie is – these are hard decisions for me."

So when Colts Cheer Director Kelly Tilley asked her to come up with a cause to support this season, she was surprised by how easy it was for her.

"I sat down and I was picking my brain and it was one of those things that came to me almost automatically. It was so weird – this never happens in my life. But this cause kind of came to me like an 'ah-ha' moment."

One of the things she loves about being a Colts cheerleader is the platform it gives her to reach young girls in underserved communities. 

"My rookie year, I was able to go into one of the inner city schools and talk to a group of seniors about when you fail, how do you get back up and keep going?" she said.

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"In the spring of this year, I was able to talk to a group of young women from the Indiana Black Expo pageant. I was able to go there and talk to them about nutrition and how to live a healthy life and a holistically well life."

The conversations she had opened her eyes.

"I found out that there might be some areas where inner city and minority communities might struggle – with mental health or with nutrition and wellness. Sometimes, they're not given the tools they need to be successful in those areas."

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And that's where she comes in.

"Using our platform and using the Colts and using all of this to come together and help our communities is going to be so awesome and I'm so excited about it."

It was a little bit of faith combined with a little bit of fate.

"I think that God puts us in places that we're supposed to be and I think that this is definitely a place that I'm supposed to be," she said. "I think it's one of those God moments where you're where you're supposed to be, talking to people you're supposed to talk to, and having those connections where you can make a difference."

Mental health is an area she's been focusing on for years.

"I will graduate in December with a master's in clinical mental health counseling," she said. "It's not just living a healthy lifestyle, but a holistically well lifestyle. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health."

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Through her platform with Colts Cheer, Ambria discovered a need.

Now, she's using her talents to give back and help young people set themselves up for success.

And she can't think of a better place to do it.

"This community is the one I grew up in, so I'm excited that we're working in this Indianapolis community because it's so near and dear to my heart."

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