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Through the week, six young women work hard in IUPUI classrooms preparing themselves for careers in professions ranging from the law to nursing, from teaching to dentistry, from physical therapy to tourism.

Then comes Sunday: Game Day — TV's bright lights, more than 60,000 Hoosiers roaring with enthusiasm as the same six women join with their fellow Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders to make each Lucas Oil home game a special event.

For Abbey, Ashley, Kim, LeAndra, Sarah and Travasha, cheering for the Colts extends a career they have loved for much of their lives, and makes the hours of practice, personal appearances and game days worthwhile.

For Abbey, Ashley, Kim, LeAndra, Sarah and Travasha, being a Colts cheerleader makes them part of a very special team: one that brightens the lives of the fans packed into Lucas Oil and hundreds of thousands more who follow the team on TV.

They love continuing their cheerleading careers, a role they have relished for much of their lives, through high school and on into college. It may take long hours of practice, plus a significant amount of time making personal appearances on behalf of the team and the cheerleading corps, but for the six, it's time well spent. They know that career demands await them when diplomas are handed out and stadium lights go dark.

Abbey, from the southern Indiana town of Ferdinand, plans to be a dental hygienist once she completes training in the IU School of Dentistry. Ashley, an Avon native, wants to be a nurse, probably in pediatrics, once she graduates from the IU School of Nursing.

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Kim grew up in Indianapolis and attended IU Bloomington before transferring to IUPUI. She wants to become a preschool teacher when she leaves the IU School of Education. LeAndra, who is from Kokomo, hopes to become a physical therapist when she finishes up in the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.

Sarah, from Indianapolis, is in her second year of law school in the IU School of Law- Indianapolis, and has two internships with career options, one in family law, the other in sports and entertainment law. Travasha, a native of Texas, is planning for a career in event planning, though she may explore the possibility of an entertainment career once she graduates from the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.