Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Two local women in running to be Colts cheerleaders 

Posted by Sasha at 6:42 PM ET

By Rich Davis
Evansville Courier & Press
April 16, 2008

Mike and Terri Fonner of Evansville, their two sons and daughter are all Indianapolis Colts fans. They’d love nothing better than to be there Sept. 7 when Peyton Manning and company dedicate the $700 million Lucas Oil Stadium in a prime-time game against the Chicago Bears.

And at least two of them might be.

“We might have to have a lottery in the family,” Terri Fonner said with a chuckle Tuesday when talk turned to 19-year-old daughter Breanna, a freshman dance major at Ball State University — and the family’s ticket to good seats at Lucas.

Breanna and another Evansville woman, Emily Greenfield, 21, are semifinalists to become Colts cheerleaders for the upcoming season.

Out of 400 women who tried out Saturday in Indianapolis, 89 are still in the running after two cuts, with more tryouts today and Thursday.

Sixty finalists will be interviewed next week. Then the Colts will decide on 30 women who will appear at all home games and at 20 community events in 2008-2009.

But here’s the kicker.

The public can go online at www.Colts.com and vote for three of the 89 semifinalists. Those votes will be taken into consideration in the selection process.

The cheerleaders (actually more of a dance team) receive a small stipend and plenty of perks, from clothing, haircare and spa treatment to two tickets to every Colts home game, said Breanna Fonner, a former dancer with Evansville’s minor league baseball and football teams.

Should the Colts win the Super Bowl, the cheerleaders would get smaller rings identical to the ones given the players.

Fonner and Greenfield, a recreational therapy major at Indiana University and a member of IU’s Redsteppers dance squad, both attended Memorial High School where they were on the dance team.

Greenfield is the daughter of Dennis and Krista Greenfield of Evansville — and has some extra motivation.

Her twin sister, Jessica, was paralyzed several years ago at an Evansville gym while doing a tumbling routine to improve her skills as a swim team diver.

Jessica Greenfield is now a junior at Louisiana State University.

“She still can’t feel below her chest, but (through spinal research and therapy) she’s actually walking again,” said Krista Greenfield.

“She’s an amazing kid, but I’m proud of all three of my girls.”

Hannah, the youngest Greenfield daughter, recently learned she’ll be a member of the Tigerette dance squad at Memorial.

As for Breanna Fonner, she spent the past year working out in a local gym to prepare for her run at being a Colts cheerleader.

She’s also been studying the Colts’ history, memorizing team lineups, NFL team helmets and talking to veteran Colt cheerleaders about how to dress and act.

If she makes the squad, she’ll probably spend the summer at a brother home in suburban Indianapolis.

“At first it just sounded like fun, but the more I’ve gotten into it the more I realize this is what I’m meant to do,” said Breanna. “It’s lot of hard work, but I think I’m more of a performer than a technical dancer.”

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