Colts Cheerleaders Run For National Stroke Association

Cheerleaders Raise Money on Behalf of Former Teammate and Stroke Survivor

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders will raise funds and awareness for the National Stroke Association during the 2016 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on Saturday, May 7. The public can join the Colts Cheerleaders and apply for a spot on their National Stroke Association Team for either the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or the 5K. Another way the public can participate is to donate to the Colts Cheerleaders “Running for Tessa” team page. To sign up for the race or to make a donation visit

In September, the Colts Cheerleaders were chosen as the official Pacesetters for the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon where they reached their goal to beat the 2:33 average finish time with a time of 2:07. In doing so, the 500 Festival donated $5,000 to the National Stroke Association, an organization that’s deeply personal to the Colts Cheerleaders. In December 2014, their former teammate, Tessa David, suffered a stroke at the age of 28. An athlete who was in peak physical condition, Tessa’s stroke left her teammates, family and friends in shock. Taking on the challenge of setting the pace for the Mini-Marathon provided the team with an opportunity to show their support for Tessa and to help raise awareness for the warning signs of a stroke.

For each 2016 Mini-Marathon participant who finishes faster than the Colts Cheerleaders pace time of 2:07, the Indianapolis Colts Organization will donate $1 to the National Stroke Association, up to $6,000.

“We are grateful to the 500 Festival and the Indianapolis Colts for raising awareness about stroke which can strike at any age,” said Robyn Moore, Chief Executive Officer of National Stroke Association. “We are touched by their support of Tessa and our organization which offers hope and helps stroke survivors to Come Back Strong.”

WHAT:                        National Stroke Association’s Stroke Challenge Team

                        Join the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders and run on their team for the 500 Festival Mini Marathon or 5K.

WHEN:            Saturday, May 7, 2016

WEBSITE:       To register or donate:

The Colts Cheerleaders are sponsored by Core Pilates & Fitness, Varsity Spirit Fashion, Tyler Mason Salon and Spa, Curtain Call Dance Studio, LA Fitness, and Turkle and Associates.

About National Stroke Association:

National Stroke Association, based in Centennial, Colo., offers people Hope After Stroke, so survivors and their circle of care can begin their journey to Come Back Strong. Founded in 1984, National Stroke Association is the only U.S. organization focused solely on reducing the incidence and impact of stroke through prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation support for stroke survivors and caregivers.

About Stroke Challenge:

Stroke Challenge is a program of National Stroke Association which encourages supporters and stroke survivors to join teams that participate in sporting events locally and nationally, including the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. National Stroke Association offers team benefits and support to team members.

About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $350 million in economic value to Indianapolis.