Who: Ella Whistler from Noblesville, Indiana
Ella Whistler shows the world how strong she is by performing with @ColtsCheer as our honorary captain for #MIAvsIND just 6 months after she was shot 7 times in the Noblesville West Middle School shooting. #EllaStrong pic.twitter.com/ynHIH1qzqn
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 25, 2018
Why we picked her: The Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders welcomed a special guest to perform with them before their game against the Miami Dolphins this past weekend: 13-year-old Ella Whistler, a longtime dancer and school shooting survivor.
On May 25, 2018, Ella’s life was forever changed when she was shot seven times by a classmate during science class at Noblesville West Middle School. Despite suffering multiple broken bones and a collapsed lung, she has continued to follow her passion of cheerleading as she recovers.
Ella donned her school’s cheer uniform as she took the field alongside the Colts Cheerleaders to dance and cheer a dazzling routine for the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium. She was also named the honorary coin toss captain for a pregame tradition that determines which team will start game play.
Following her appearance at the Colts game, the hashtag #EllaStrong quickly began trending on Twitter as a testament to her remarkable resilience and love for performing!
Fun fact: Ella’s talents extend beyond cheerleading; she also sang the national anthem at the game as a member of the Noblesville West show choir!
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