Charlotte Checkers CheckMates

Ashley H.

CheckMate Ashley
Favorite song? "American Girl" – Tom Petty
Favorite subject in school? History. I’m a bit of a nerd who loves reading and learning about the past.
Favorite ice cream flavor? Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch
Your very best feature or characteristic? My eyes
Strongest talent? Other than dancing? I’d have to say writing. I secretly wanted to be an author when I was growing up and still love to write whenever I get the chance.
Free time activity? I don’t have much! But when I do, I love to get a long workout in, spend time outdoors, or watch football with friends.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? Australia – I’ve been dying to go!
Favorite color? Orange
If you could be any animal, which one and why? A dolphin. They always seem to be having fun, plus they get to spend all day in the ocean!
Favorite sport to watch? Football, hands down.
Favorite sport to play? Tennis
If you had to be stranded on a deserted island with one person? One of my best friends, Bailey. She’s always entertaining, positive, and will keep me laughing. Plus she’s pretty much a mini, female MacGyver and would figure out a way to get us home.
Furthest you have traveled? Last summer I spent 10 days on a safari in South Africa. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life!
Weirdest thing to ever happen to you? I don’t know if it was “weird” but it was definitely surreal. While on a safari last year in Africa, our Jeep was stared down and circled by a leopard for about 10 minutes. Apparently he had seen someone’s legs move and felt threatened. Even our guides were scared that he was going to jump into our car and said they hadn’t seen anything like it before! I guess we’re lucky to have made it out of there alive…
Favorite cereal? Honey Bunches of Oats
Why be a CheckMate? I have danced and cheered my whole life and wanted to continue pursuing those passions. I chose to audition specifically for the CheckMates because I’m inspired by the Checkers organizations and their connections in the Charlotte community. I love having the opportunity to give back and interact with so many fans!
Favorite memory since becoming a CheckMate? Walking out on the ice for our dance on Opening Night with Chubby and Cubby. I’ll never forget the rush of being on the ice for the first time with my teammates and friends.
If you could be a cartoon character, who and why? Tinker Bell. She’s pretty sassy sometimes, but she’s always loyal to her friends. It’d be fun getting to fly around and sprinkle pixie dust everywhere!
Least favorite chore? Laundry. It always seems to take forever!
Favorite way to exercise? Running and yoga
Favorite quote? “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean
Hardest thing you've ever done? Taking and passing the CPA exam. It was a lot of hard work, but definitely worth it in the end!
If you could meet anyone, living or dead? My grandmother on my mother’s side. She passed away about a year before I was born, so I never was able to meet her. I’ve heard she was a confident, feisty woman, so I think we’d have some fun!