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The Colts Influence
Indianapolis Colts in The Heart of the Community
The Indianapolis Colts take great pride in playing an active role in
and are committed to corporate citizenship throughout Indiana.
Each year, the Indianapolis Colts give back to Indiana communities in
a variety of ways,
including financial, ticket and merchandise donations totaling in the
millions of dollars.
In addition, Colts players, coaches, wives and staff volunteer
numerous hours of their time toward community projects and initiatives.
Leading by example, The Indianapolis Colts hope to encourage and
inspire our fellow Hoosiers to participate in the practice of giving back.
The Indianapolis Colts goal is to create lasting philanthropic partnerships
maximize those relationships for the betterment of our community,
thus, building a legacy of goodwill as we share the heart
behind the horseshoe.
The latest news on the Colts
giving to the community
Friday, December 12
SOLE DESTINATION SHOE COLLECTION
The Finish Line is encouraging fans to
clean out their closets and bring any old shoes, sandals or boots
down to the stadium this Sunday. The Indianapolis Colts and Finish
Line are hosting the Sole Destination Shoe Collection to benefit
Soles4Souls prior to kickoff of the Colts vs. Lions game. From 11:00
a.m. 1:00 p.m., volunteers will be collecting all types of new
and gently used shoes at the Colts Community Collections Stations
located outside each Lucas Oil Stadium gate. Each fan who donates an
item before heading into the game will receive a coupon good for a
$10 discount at Finish Line stores or www.finishline.com.
Soles4Souls accepts all types of new and
gently worn footwear including athletic shoes, work boots, and
sandals. Every donation will be used to make a significant difference
in the quality of life of someone in desperate need. Soles4Souls
along with its many distribution partners are working to provide
shoes around the corner and around the world to those who
are without any type of footwear.
Since its inception, Soles4Souls has
facilitated the distribution of nearly 4 million pairs of shoes
worldwide. The intent of the organization is to provide free footwear
to people in desperate need. These people include the victims of
Hurricane Katrina, people living in the abject poverty of refugee
camps in Uganda and women escaping domestic violence situations who
need professional shoes for interviews. For more information about
Soles4Souls visit www.giveshoes.org.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Blood Center Host Bleed Blue Blood Drive presented by CardioChek
The Colts have
made plenty of history on the field in recent seasons.
hoping to make it off the field.
through a partnership with the Indiana Blood Center, on Tuesday,
December 9, will host their annual Bleed Blue Blood Drive presented
by CardioChek. They will do so inside Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown
Indianapolis, with the idea of making it the biggest blood drive in
the history of the Indiana Blood Center
always step up, Colts Senior Vice President of Sales and
Marketing Tom Zupancic said. Part of being a Hoosier is to help
your neighbor in times of need.
The fans of
Indiana over the years have helped make the Colts home stadium
one of the biggest home field advantages in the NFL. Now, were
encouraging fans to make Lucas Oil Stadium the place where the Colts
and their supporters set a record for giving the gift of life.
The drive will
be held on Lucas Oil Plaza, located on the north side of the stadium,
with each fan participating receiving a limited edition Gary Brackett
football and photograph.
The Colts also
are offering donors other exclusive opportunities that day, including:
Brackett Autograph Session, presented by CardioChek. Colts middle
linebacker Gary Brackett will be on-hand from noon-1 p.m. to sign
autographs for donors.
Colts Cheerleaders. From 5-7 p.m., the NFLs No. 1 mascot will
be on hand for autographs and pictures. Colts Cheerleaders will also
be at the stadium during that time period to thank donors.
Blood Pressure Screenings. Novartis Pharmaceuticals, a proud
supporter of the 2008 Bleed Blue Blood Drive, will be at the stadium
offering fans free blood pressure screenings as a part of their
Tackling High Blood Pressure program.
kick a field goal through the uprights at Lucas Oil Stadium. Think
youve got what it takes to be the next Peyton Manning or Adam
Vinatieri? Heres your chance to prove it. Throughout the day,
fans will have the opportunity to go down onto the field at Lucas Oil
Stadium and kick a field goal or throw a pass.
Painter. Complimentary face painting will be available from 5-7 p.m.
Challenge for Indiana Businesses. Does your company bleed blue?
Heres your chance to showcase your offices Colts pride.
The company that has the most employees donate at the stadium that
day will receive a special commemorative painted football. To
register your company for the corporate challenge, email Magon Works
at the Indiana Blood Center (firstname.lastname@example.org).
INFORMATION: During the blood drive, complimentary parking will be
available for all donors in the South Lot of Lucas Oil Stadium (entry
off of Capitol Ave.). Fans must enter the stadium that day through
the Sprint East Gate.
To celebrate this historical drive, the Indiana Blood Center will
close all six (6) of its Central Indiana branch offices that day to
encourage Hoosiers in the area to visit the stadium to donate. Please
join us at Lucas Oil Stadium on Tuesday, December 9, as we team up to
save lives and made a difference.
information on the 2008 Bleed Blue Blood Drive, please visit www.colts.com/bleedblue.
AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS
The Indianapolis Colts and the DCS are
asking you for your help in being part of a team to educate our
foster youth and young adults by participating in the third annual BOOKS
The collection will be from 4 to 8 p.m.
Sunday at the Colts Community Collection Stations located outside of
each ofthe four gates at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Volunteers from the Indianapolis Colts, the
Indiana Department of Child Services, and the community will be
on-site to collect new and gently used books.
Honoring Everyday Heroes will kickoff
during the first home game of the regular season on September 7.
Help us to honor eight (8) individuals this
season who have made an outstanding contribution, from firefighters
and EMTs to educators and social workers, by nominating them for
Each angel will receive four (4)
VIP Club Seat Tickets to the game, a featured story with his or her
photo on www.colts.com, in addition to a feature in the Colts gameday
magazine and recognition on the Jumbotron in Lucas Oil Stadium.
One angel will be selected prior
to each 2008 Colts regular season home game. For more information or
to nominate someone you know, please visit www.colts.com/anthemangels.
For the second year, the Indianapolis Colts
and Motorola are teaming up to honor Indiana high school football
coaches through the 2008 Motorola Coach of the Year program.
Beginning in late August, high school football fans across Indiana
will have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite coach.
The top vote-getter from each division will
then be selected as a Motorola Coach of the Year and receive a $1,000
donation to their football program, compliments of Motorola and the
Indianapolis Colts. In addition, the coach who receives the highest
number of votes overall will receive two (2) tickets to a 2008 Colts
home game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Log onto www.colts.com/motorola
to cast your vote today!
The Indianapolis Colts Youth Football
Department is teaming up with Gatorade this fall to bring Big
Blue Football Camps to 20 area schools around the State of
Indiana. These free camps give students in grades 2-5 the chance to
get active and learn basic football skills in a non-contact camp.
This season, the Colts will again partner
with numerous non-profit organizations to host charity collections
prior to select home games at Lucas Oil Stadium. Each collection will
begin four hours prior to kickoff. Please join us as we support local
community organizations in their efforts to serve those in need.
August 24 Books
for Youth (New and gently used books for Indiana foster youth)
August 28 Fill
the Boot Indianapolis Fire Department (Monetary
donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association)
September 21 Coats
for Kids, presented by WTHR (New and gently used coats for
the Salvation Army)
November 16 SACKing
Hunger, presented by Meijer (Canned food for Gleaners Food Bank)
December 7 WISH
Tree Toy Drive, presented by WISH-TV (New toys benefiting
the Salvation Army)
Listed below are just a few
of what The Indianapolis Colts are all about besides football:
The Indianapolis Colts are proud to support the men
and women who are serving our country around the globe.
For the third consecutive year, the Colts donated
several hundred tickets to military personnel and sent military care
packages to personnel overseas.
AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS
Indiana Students May Now Apply For Grants to Give Back
For a third season, the Indianapolis Colts and Grange Insurance are
excited to present the 2008 Student All Star Grant program. Indiana
students, ages 13 and under, committed to serving their community
through service projects will have the opportunity to be awarded
individual grants up to $500 each during the 2008 regular season.
The Student All Star Grant seeks to inspire and enable children to
give back to their communities at a young age. The students are
provided an opportunity to make a positive difference in their
communities while strengthening their skill sets in a variety of
areas, from helping to plan a fundraiser to building homes, and
engaging their interest in helping others.
In the grant application process, students are asked to find local
support among community partners in their efforts to help identify
and fulfill a need within the community. Students are then challenged
to strategically think and submit their plan for an opportunity to
receive a Student All Star Grant.
In addition to the individual grant, each recipient will be gifted to
complete service projects in their community, he or she will also
receive two (2) tickets to a 2008 Colts home game and an autographed
photograph of Colts DT Darrell Reid, compliments of Darrell
Reids Footz Foundation.
Grant applications are now available online at www.colts.com/allstar.
The deadline for this years applications is October 31, 2008.
Once we have received and reviewed grant applications, grant
recipients will be notified no later than November 28, 2008.
Listed below are the 2007 Student All Star Grant recipients,
including their hometown and community partners.
Kaylin Gibson (DeSoto Elementary)
Stafford Insurance Group
Elizabeth Hall (Prevent Child Abuse Hendricks County)
Henson Insurance Agency
Chris Smiths Kindergarten Class (Ft. Wayne Community Schools)
Miller and Fiandt Insurance Services
Junior Girl Scout Troop 158 (Girl Scouts of Central Indiana)
Jim Lautenschlager Agency
Hoosier Capital Council Brownie Troop #25 from Christ the King School
(Project Linus of Hamilton County)
Walker Lane and Assoc. Insurance
Dalen Alexander Sharpe (Wil-Dor and Associates, Inc.)
Consolidated Insurance Service
Dani Williams (Food Link)
Mr. Pinkertons Third Grade Class (Judge Haynes Elementary)
First Merchants Insurance Services
Adriana Millican and Jeremiah Fink (Roachdale VFW Post 3284)
Johnson & Malott Insurance
Lucy Furiak (Shelby Arts Council)
Help The Students of Indianapolis
For the first time ever the Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana Pacers
and the ADVANTAGE Health SkyConcert Foundation are joining forces to
make a difference for local IPS students across the city, by raising
thousands of dollars with the Suiting Up For School initiative. All
money raised will put school uniforms on the backs of IPS students,
supplies in their backpacks, and help keep them fed when they are not
in school. The entirety of funds collected will be distributed to
Shepherd Community Center, Gleaners Food Bank, and the United
Ways Backpack Attack program. Be a part of history by joining
the Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana Pacers and the Advantage Health
Skyconcert and make a donation to help improve the life of a local
Your donation will provide for an IPS student a complete uniform, a
backpack full of school supplies and a weekends worth of meals.
In thanks for your donation, you will receive a commemorative
campaign t-shirt and a personal letter from Pacers, Colts and
Your donation will provide for an IPS student a complete uniform and
a weekends worth of meals. In thanks for your donation, you
will receive a commemorative campaign magnet and a personal letter
from Pacers, Colts and SkyConcert executives!
Your donation will provide an entire weeks worth of meals for
an IPS student. In thanks for your donation, you will receive a
personal letter from Pacers, Colts and SkyConcert executives!
Send your donation today! Click
here to donate
Make check/money order payable to:
Emmis Community Fund
attn: Amanda Atkinson
40 Monument Cir, #600
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield)
The Colts and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield are teaming up to
recognize individuals for their service above and beyond the call of duty.
The Indianapolis Colts and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield have
teamed up to present Anthem Angels&ldots;Honoring Everyday Heroes.
Nominate a fellow community member that has been a First
Respondent in outstanding service to the community through his
or her civil or public service profession. Nominees may include (but
are not limited to) firefighters, police officers, nurses, emergency
medical technicians, social workers, education administrators and teachers.
One Anthem Angel will be selected prior to each 2008
Colts regular season home game. Each Anthem Angel will
receive four (4) VIP Club Seat Tickets to the game, a featured story
with his or her photo on www.colts.com, in addition to a feature
story in the Colts game-day magazine (the Scout) and recognition on
the Jumbotron monitor in Lucas Oil Stadium during the game.
To download a 2008 Anthem Angels Nomination Form and Instructions,
Blue Milk Days
(presented by Dairy Management)
The 3-A-Day Program is a national initiative started by the American
Dairy Association to encourage people to have three daily servings of
milk, cheese and yogurt for stronger bones.
The Indianapolis Colts have partnered with Dairy Managment Inc. (DMI)
and the American Dairy Association of Indiana to host "Blue Milk
Days" in area schools, helping to create awareness of the
Designed to educate students on proper health and nutrition, the
3-A-Day program encourages youth to have at least three servings of
dairy every day to help build strong bones and provide energy.
In 2007, Colts TE Bryan Fletcher and WR Aaron Moorehead visited
Westfield High School and Westlane Middle School for a "Blue
Milk Day." At each event, the players teamed up with Colts
Cheerleaders and Blue to talk to students about proper nutrition and
WISH Tree Toy Drive
Sunday, December 7, 2008 9:00 AM
On Sunday, December 7, 2008, the Indianapolis Colts, WISH-TV and the
Salvation Army will once again team up for the WISH Tree Toy Drive.
Prior to kickoff of the Colts vs. Bengals game, WISH-TV personalities
and Salvation Army volunteers will collect new toys at the Colts
Community Collection Stations outside each of the Lucas Oil Stadium
gates from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.* Monetary donations will also be accepted.
Each fan who donates a toy that day received a limited edition Colts
holiday poster. All toys will be donated to the Salvation Army for
their annual "Toy Shop" event. For more information on the
Indiana Division of the Salvation Army, click here.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: This game is part of
the NFL's Flex Scheduling. As a result, the kickoff time is subject
to change. The Toy Drive will begin four hours to kickoff. For more
information on Flex Scheduling, click
Colts Help Raise Money For Safe Haven Programs
March 6, 2008
Coburn Place Safe Haven has raised approximately $45,000 with its
inaugural "Blue Breakfast - A Kick-off for Coburn Place."
The Indianapolis Colts donated the use of their training facility for
the event and former Colts' offensive lineman Tarik Glenn was among
the featured speakers. Coburn Place provides secure, transitional
housing and supportive services to victims of domestic violence.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Great teamwork leads to success.
Just ask the Indianapolis Colts, who haven't seen an empty seat in
the RCA Dome for years. Better yet, ask the volunteers, staff, board
members and sponsors who helped put together the first-ever "Blue
Breakfast - A Kick-off for Coburn Place." They experienced a
sell-out themselves this morning, with all 360 tickets to their
fundraiser snapped up by the community.
According to organizers, the inaugural Blue Breakfast raised
approximately $45,000 for Coburn Place Safe Haven
(www.coburnplace.org). Located at 604 E. 38th St., Coburn provides
secure, transitional housing and supportive services to victims of
domestic violence. Residents can stay at the non-profit
organization's facilities for up to two years, to begin healing and
move toward emotional, physical and financial independence.
All of the proceeds from this new fundraiser will go directly toward
programming such as therapeutic support groups, health and economic
education, family development classes and seasonal camps and homework
help for children.
Three-time Pro-Bowler and offensive lineman for the Colts' 2006 Super
Bowl team, Tarik Glenn, was among the featured speakers during the
Blue Breakfast. A father of four, Glenn spoke about the importance of
organizations like Coburn Place.
"It is great to see this team effort - everyone coming together
for a common cause," Glenn said during the event at the
Indianapolis Colts Training Facility. "If we can give these
women and children a chance to be successful in life, they can go out
in the world and make a difference."
Since opening its doors in 1996, Coburn Place has served 378 women
and 637 children. "Deneva," a mother of four, is one of them.
"I left a nine-year marriage, and I was scared and angry,"
she said this morning. "When I went to Coburn Place, I found out
that I wasn't alone - that other women felt the same way I did.
"Now, each day is better than the day before," Deneva
added. "I'm going to school, I'm learning to trust, and I've
made friendships that will last a lifetime. If I would have been
anywhere else, I wouldn't have made it."
The Indianapolis Colts donated the use of their training facility -
the "Colts Complex" - for the 2008 Blue Breakfast. Pedcor
Companies was the primary sponsor.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who helped make
this first-time event a success," said Lianne Somerville,
executive director for Coburn Place. "We appreciate you
supporting our mission. With your help, we are changing lives one
family at a time."
Source: Coburn Place Safe Haven Programs
Colts Fitness Camp
The Indianapolis Colts and Riley
Hospital for Children believe that physical fitness and a
healthy lifestyle are essential elements that every student in the
state of Indiana should be educated about and live by. We have
put together a workout accustomed to middle school students in grades
6-8. By implementing small dumbbells, towels and other easy to access
materials into the exercise routine, students will be able to
continue this new program from the comforts of their own home.
The Indianapolis Colts plan to kick-off the inaugural Fitness Camp in
the fall of 2007. This camp will target schools in the greater
Indianapolis area and will reach more than 2000 middle school
students. With 25 appearances in the works, this program aims to
energize and educate students that otherwise would not have the
chance to learn these valuable life skills.
The month of January:
Friday, January 11, 2008 10:00 AM
1212 E Main St, Plainfield, IN
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 9:00 AM
Fall Creek Valley Middle School
9701 E 63rd St Oaklandon IN
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 9:00 AM
Christ the King
5858 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220
Thursday, January 17, 2008 10:00 AM
Guion Creek Middle School
4401 W 52nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46254
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 9:00 AM
Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:00 AM
John Marshall Middle School
10101 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN
Monday, January 28, 2008 9:00 AM
Our Lady of Lourdes School
5333 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 9:00 AM
Giving dads the winning edge
May 29, 2008
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Indianapolis Colts Practice Facility
Event expected to sell out early
Only $15 per family (includes
father and up to 4 children)
This event is recommended for
children 5 years of age and older
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Check-in begins and Fun Zone open.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Fathers will
rotate through stations learning fatherhood tips and playing
interactive games with their children.
8:30 PM - 9:00 PM Event Wrap-up
and Fun Zone open.
The All Pro Dad fatherhood program helps to educate fathers on the
best ways to become an All Pro Dad. Fathers were
encouraged to bring their children to the event, where they enjoyed a
behind-the-scenes facility tour, including stops at the Practice
Field and Pavilion. At each stop, dads learned fatherhood tips
while participating in activities with their children.
Following his Super Bowl XLI victory, Coach Dungy was also
featured in a public service announcement for All Pro Dad.
T are a wonderful football organization, said All Pro
Dad President Mark Merrill. Were even more excited
about how much they are committed to helping Indianapolis
All Pro Dad is the fatherhood program of Family First, a national
non-profit organization based in Tampa, Florida. All Pro Dad
features 41 NFL Players, Coaches and Alumni who speak out on the
importance of being a good father. In addition to the Colts event,
All Pro Dad conducts the Father & Kids Experience with the
Steelers, Packers, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jaguars, Buccaneers and Bills.
For more information on All Pro Dad, visit www.allprodad.com
Touchdowns for Teens
The Indianapolis Colts join Taco Bell to support the Boys &
Girls Clubs of Central Indiana.
Indianapolis area Taco Bell® Restaurants will team up for the
third year with the Indianapolis Colts to sponsor Touchdown for
Teens, a fundraiser benefiting The Boys & Girls Clubs of
Central Indiana. Throughout the 2007 season, Taco Bell will donate
$100 for every touchdown the Colts score. One hundred percent of the
net profits will go toward various Boys & Girls Clubs in Central
Indiana. Since 2005, the Colts have scored 110 touchdowns which means
that Taco Bell has donated $11,000 to local Boys & Girls Clubs.
Taco Bell is excited to sponsor Touchdown for Teens for the
third year, said Charlie Brown, local Taco Bell franchise
owner. For every Touchdown the Colts make, Taco Bell will
donate $100 to help kids at the Boys & Girls Club of
Indianapolis. Were all hoping to see a lot of touchdowns this season!
Taco Bell is also teaming up with the Indianapolis Colts to sponsor
the in-store Touchdown for Teens promotion. Beginning
August 29 thru September 10, all Indianapolis area Taco Bell
locations will sell paper Horseshoes for $1. All net proceeds from
the $1 dollar contributions will be donated on behalf of Taco Bell to
various Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Indiana.
Known as The Positive Place for Teens and Kids, Boys &
Girls Clubs of America provide character development programs on a
daily basis for children 6-18 years old. Key programs emphasize
character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career
preparation, health and life skills, the arts and sports, fitness and
recreation. For further information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Central Indiana, please call (847) 490-5240 or visit their website at
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is
the nations leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant
chain serving tacos, burritos, signature Quesadillas, Border
Bowls®, nachos and other specialty items. Taco Bell serves more
than 35 million consumers each week in more than 6,500 restaurants in
the U.S. In 2003, Taco Bell generated $5.4 billion in
Think Outside the Bun and visit www.tacobell.com
(presented by CardioChek)
The Colts and the Indiana
Blood Center (IBC) are encouraging fans across Indiana to give
the gift of life by donating blood.
The Indianapolis Colts will be hosting several blood drives
throughout the year.
For eight years, the Indianapolis Colts have partnered with the
Indiana Blood Center to host the annual Bleed Blue Blood Drive. One
of the largest drives in the history of the Center, the Bleed Blue
Blood Drive encourages thousands of fans each year to give the gift
of life. As a result of their continued partnership with the Blood
Center, the Colts were presented with a 2008 Award of Excellence for
Most Productive Blood Drive by Americas Blood Centers during
their annual conference in New York City
UPCOMING BLEED BLUE BLOOD DRIVES:
2008 Bleed Blue Blood Drive
The Colts and Indiana Blood Center will host their annual Bleed Blue
Blood Drive, presented by CardioChek during December 2008. This year,
Colts LB Gary Brackett and his IMPACT
Foundation are pleased to be a part of the blood drive. Each
individual who visits an Indiana Blood Center location during the
2008 Bleed Blue Blood Drive will receive a limited edition football
featuring Brackett's picture and signature. Each donor will also
receive a photograph of Brackett, compliments of CardioChek. Please
stay tuned for more details!
(Feb. 25, 2008)The Indiana Blood Center and Indianapolis Colts
ongoing partnership to attract blood donors will earn national
recognition today at Americas Blood Centers (ABC) annual
convention in New York. The trade organization of independent blood
centers will honor the team with an Award of Excellence for the Most
Productive drive of the year among the countrys largest blood centers.
The Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Blood Center earned the award for
the success of the Super Blue blood drive, hosted after the team won
the AFC Championship and before the Indianapolis franchises
first-ever trip to the Super Bowl in January 2007. The Colts lent
their media spotlight and fan frenzy to Indiana Blood Center for a three-day
blood drive that drew 3,624 donors. Fans, clamoring for any
opportunity to be part of Colts mania, donated at 14 Indiana Blood
Center locations and received a t-shirt tagged Heed the
Stampede, perfectly positioned alongside the AFC Championship logo.
The Colts organization believes strongly in our commitment to
Indiana Blood Center because it allows the team and our fans to make
a positive impact in communities throughout the state, said
Nicole Duncan, executive director of community relations for the
Indianapolis Colts. Because Indiana Blood Center collects and
supplies donated blood to Indiana hospitals, we are able to connect
with fans from Evansville to Muncie and nearly everywhere between.
Indiana Blood Center and the Indianapolis Colts first partnered in
2000 to entice blue and white fans to donate blood. Since, the team
is credited with attracting 27,614 of their Colts fans to become
donors to Indiana Blood Center through such campaigns as the annual
Bleed Blue Blood drive held each December, the Make it Personal Tour
in the summer of 2007 and Blue Friday promotions during the football season.
The Indianapolis Colts are a world-class organization and a
true asset to our state, said Byron Buhner, president and CEO
of Indiana Blood Center. Earning the top honor among blood
drives nationally for their efforts in Indiana proves that the Colts
believe being champions in their community is just as important as
being champions on the field.
Indiana Blood Center is a vital link in Indiana's health care
infrastructure, supplying more than 550 units of blood to more than
60 Indiana hospitals every day. The nonprofit community service
organization was founded in 1952 to provide a continuous, safe and
adequate supply of blood products and testing services first to the
people in our own communities, then wherever our blood products and
testing services are needed. For more information, call 800-632-4722
or visit www.indianablood.org.
Source: Indiana Blood Center
Colts Art & Coloring Contest
The Indianapolis Colts offer an opportunity for Colts fans and young
artists to submit entries for a local art contest.
Designed to promote the arts among youth, the Colts Art and Coloring
Contest offers young fans the opportunity to showcase their talent by
drawing pictures of their favorite Colts players and coaches in
action or in the community. The program was started by former Colts
DB Mike Doss in 2004 and has quickly become one of the most popular
Colts programs for youth. In 2006, young artists across Indiana
submitted more than 1,200 entries for a chance to win Colts tickets,
autographed memorabilia and a special recognition party.
This year's winners will receive:
Cold Feet, Warm Shoes
Indianapolis Colts and United Way Team with Retailer in Community Event
For a second consecutive year, the Indianapolis Colts partnered with
Indianapolis-based Hat World, parent company Nashville, Tenn.-based
Genesco Inc. (NYSE: GCO) and the United Way of Central Indiana to
make winter a little easier for the more than 300 students of Francis
Scott Key Elementary School, IPS #103.
On Tuesday, November 28, more than 70 volunteers set-up and staffed a
mock shoe and hat store created in the school's gymnasium and
individually measured and fit each child (grades K-6) with their
choice of new shoes. In addition, Indianapolis Colts players and
Cheerleaders distributed t-shirts, visited with the children and
spread holiday cheer.
The event, Cold Feet, Warm Shoes, is Genesco's annual community
outreach program. At Francis Scott Key, more than 94 percent of the
students qualify for free or reduced lunches, an indicator of
poverty. United Way, with their understanding of the local community,
took on the role of identifying a school where the need is great. In
the Indianapolis metropolitan area, more than 64,000 children live in
poverty - enough to more than fill the RCA Dome.
PLAYER TICKET BLOCKS
As part of the Colts Community Ticket Block program, several players
and coaches work with a variety of local charities to provide a
unique opportunity for the individuals they service. Through the
generous donation of Colts players and coaches, it allows youth,
adults and families to experience Colts gameday in a unique way.
Groups who receive tickets through the program receive t-shirts, a
picture of their group on the field during the pre-game warm-ups and
pizza, compliments of Papa Johns.
In keeping with the NFLs tradition of giving back to the
community, several Indiana non-profit organizations will benefit
throughout the season.
The following is a list of players/coaches who have 2007 ticket blocks:
LB Gary Brackett (Bracks
DT Raheem Brock (Brocks
Coach Tony Dungy (Coachs Corner)
DE Dwight Freeney (Freeneys Sack Pack)
DB Marlin Jackson (Action Jackson Pack)
OG Ryan Lilja (Liljas Legion)
WR Aaron Moorehead (Aarons Army)
DT Darrell Reid (Darrell Reids Footz Foundation)
DB Bob Sanders (Sanders Heavy Hitters)
Additional players and staff members who are donating game tickets
this year include: Bill Polian, Marvin Harrison, Peyton Manning and
*Supported by Huntington Bank
Basket of Hope
The Basket of Hope program is a national effort providing
inspirational gifts to children diagnosed with cancer.
The Basket of Hope program delivers baskets filled with Bibles,
inspirational books for parents and children, journals, CD and
cassette players, music, videos, stuffed animals, toys and games to
children recently diagnosed with cancer. The baskets, valued at $200
each, are hand-delivered by caring volunteers of the community.
Coach Tony Dungy's assistant, Jackie Cook, coordinates the program
and ensures the children's names are passed on to people in the
community that will pray for them and send get-well wishes to the
families as a follow-up to the visit and basket.
"You're looking for things to do and ways to get involved in the
community and usually, good opportunities will come," Dungy
said. "There are a lot of people out there that are wanting to
do good things. You have to sort them out, but if you keep your eyes
open, good things will come and I think this is one of them."
For more information, contact:
P.O. Box 535000
Indianapolis, IN 46254
CP Morgan and McDonalds are proud to support the Basket of Hope program.
Carson Scholars Fund
In 2005, Coach Dungy helped establish the Indianapolis Chapter of CSF
by raising more than $68,000 at the inaugural Colts Celebrity
Showdown and endowing scholarships at two Indianapolis Public Schools.
ABOUT THE CARSON SCHOLARS FUND
Established in 1994 by world renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben
Carson and his wife, Candy, the Carson Scholars Fund (CSF) was
created to help our children stay competitive with Third-World
countries in science, math and technology, as well as balance
academic achievement with the high esteem our society gives to sports
and entertainment. Indianapolis marks the tenth location of this
program in the United States.
To learn more about the Carson Scholars Fund, please visit www.carsonscholars.org
On Wednesday, June 6, 2007, Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony
Dungy hosted the 3rd Annual Colts Celebrity Showdown, presented by
Chevrolet and Huntington National Bank, to benefit the Indianapolis
Chapter of the Carson Scholars Fund. The evening included a cocktail
reception, live and silent auction, autograph session, buffet dinner
and the Celebrity Showdown, a "Family Feud"-style gameshow
featuring members of the Colts offense versus the defense.
Through the generous support of our sponsors and guests, we raised
more than $160,000 to provide scholarships for Indiana middle and
high school students! A special thank you to all of our sponsors for
the evening: Chevrolet, Huntington National Bank, O'Charley's,
Budweiser, Coca-Cola and National Wine & Spirits.
Young Playmakers Challenge
The Colts and American Family Insurance are encouraging Indiana
middle school students to volunteer in their communities.
In 2006, the Colts, American Family Insurance and the Indiana
Department of Education teamed up to promote volunteerism among
Indiana middle school students through the Young Playmakers
Challenge. Through this initiative, classrooms are encouraged to
complete a service project in their area during October and November.
In December, one classroom is selected to receive a visit from the
Colts Tight Ends.
Leran more about Young
Playmakers Challenge here
Colts Community Quarterback Award
Designed to promote and reward volunteerism, the Colts Community
Quarterback program is made possible through the Indianapolis Colts,
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP and Carrabba's Italian Grill.
The Community Quarterback Award is part of the Colts ongoing effort
to encourage fans to Join The Team and make a difference
in their communities.
Our season ticket holders are an important part of our team,
said Nicole Duncan, Executive Director of Community Relations,
Indianapolis Colts. Through the Community Quarterback Award,
we want to honor those individuals that are working quietly every day
to make our hometown communities a better place.
The Colts Community Quarterback Award is part of a league-wide
Join The Team initiative focused on promoting
volunteerism among NFL fans across America. Click here
to learn how you can
Join The Team.
Colts Community Tuesdays is a season-long outreach program in
which players participate in activities every Tuesday.
Through the Colts Community Tuesdays, sponsored by WISH TV, Colts
players participate in various charitable activities every Tuesday*
of the season. From school and hospital visits to beautification
projects, the Colts partner with various non-profit organizations
across Indiana to complete each Community Tuesday event.
To find out what the Colts are up to during the 2008 Community
Tuesdays, click here
*Tuesdays are traditionally the only off day for NFL players during
the weeks of the regular season.
VECTREN VOLUNTEER DAYS
The "Vectren Volunteer Program," is a program that gives
Colts fans throughout Indiana the opportunity to earn tickets to a
Colts game by volunteering their time for local non-profit agencies.
As part of the Colts Community Tuesdays program, fans work side by
side with various Colts players. The Vectren Volunteer Program is
open to volunteers who agree to donate their time to benefit their
community on a first come, first serve basis. Volunteers will be
rewarded for their efforts with an opportunity to win a pair of
tickets to an upcoming Colts game courtesy of Vectren.
Fill the Boot Gameday Collection
Thursday, August 28, 2008 3:00 PM
The Indianapolis Colts, the Indianapolis Fire Department and the
Muscular Dystrophy Association are once again teaming up to host a
Fill the Boot collection prior to kickoff of the Colts
vs. Bengals game on Thursday, August 28.
Indianapolis firefighters will be collecting monetary donations
outside each of the Lucas Oil Stadium gates beginning at 3 p.m. All
donations will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Kids Gameday Collection
Sunday, September 21, 2008 1:15 PM
Every year the Indianapolis Colts and WTHR Channel 13 join together
to keep youth warm during the cold Indiana months through the Coats
for Kids gameday collection.
The 2008 collection will take place prior to the Colts vs. Jaguars
game on Sunday, September 21, 2008. Personalities from WTHR, as well
as volunteers from the Salvation Army, will be collecting new and
gently used coats at the Colts Community Collection Stations located
outside each Lucas Oil Stadium gate. Fans are encouraged to drop off
their donation from 1-4 p.m. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
All of the coats will be cleaned by Tuchman Cleaners and distributed
to Indiana families at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Saturday,
SACKing Hunger Gameday Collection
Sunday, November 16, 2008 9:00 AM
On Sunday, November 16, 2008, the Indianapolis Colts
and Meijer will team up for the 3rd Annual SACKing Hunger pre-game
collection prior to kickoff of the Colts vs. Texans game. From 9 a.m.
- 1 p.m.,* volunteers will be collecting canned and other
non-perishable food items at the Colts Community Collections Stations
located outside each Lucas Oil Stadium gate.
Each fan who donates an item before heading into the
game will receive a special, limited-edition Colts poster,
compliments of Meijer and the Colts.
All food items collected will be donated to Gleaners
Food Bank. Cash donations will also be accepted.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: This
game is part of the NFL's Flex Scheduling. As a result, the kickoff
time is subject to change. The Toy Drive will begin four hours to
kickoff. For more information on Flex Scheduling, click
Blue Ribbon Literacy Campaign
The Indianpolis Colts are encouraging Hoosiers across Indiana to
spend time reading.
Launched during the 2007 season, the Colts Blue Ribbon Literacy
Campaign was created to encourage Hoosiers of all ages to spend more
time reading. According to the Indiana Literacy Association, there
are between 800,000 and 1.5 million individuals in the state whose
literacy skills are beneath the threshold for what is considered
necessary for life in America. Through the campaign, the Colts will
be reaching out to all ages to promote literacy and the importance of reading.
Components of the campaign include:
A series of three READ® posters were produced and are being
distributed to all public and private libraries in the state of
Indiana. The posters feature Marvin Harrison, Jeff Saturday and the
Colts mascot, Blue. The messaging on the posters encourages
READ . . .to learn,
READ . . .with your kids
READ . . .for fun, respectively.
Blue's Book Club and Family
The Indianapolis Colts teamed up with the Indianapolis-Marion County
Public Library (IMCPL) for two specific projects to promote literacy.
These projects include Blues Book Club and Family Reading Nights.
Blues Book Club is a recommended reading list for children ages
pre-school to 14.
Blues Book Club bookmarks can be found at any IMCPL branch or found
During the 2007 season, the Colts made special monthly visits to
promote Family Reading Nights at various IMCPL branches around
Indianapolis. These visits, also known as Mane Events,
included fun and educational activities that ranged from games, craft
stations and face painting to word searches and a create your own
bookmark station. Families in attendance got to enjoy snacks while
meeting Blue, Colts Cheerleaders and Colts Players. The most
enjoyable part of the evening was when the players participated in
story time and read to the kids.
Adults and children were also encouraged to sign up for library cards
at the event if they do not already have one.
Public Service Campaign
The Colts, with the help and support of the Indiana Library
Federation, the Indiana Literacy Foundation, and the
Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, are pleased to help
promote literacy in the state of Indiana.
For information on how you can volunteer to become a tutor, visit www.readupindy.org
Books for Youth
Colts and Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) provide books
for foster youth in Central Indiana.
On Tuesday, December 12, 2006 the Indianapolis Colts announced a new
partnership with the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) for the
Books for Youth program. Through this program, the
Colts and the DCS will provide foster children throughout Central
Indiana with their own personal library of 25 books.
On any given day in Marion County alone, more than 1,200 children are
in the foster care system and too often they leave their belongings
behind when they move. The Colts and DCS want to change that by
helping place 25 age- appropriate books per child into the hands of
foster youth and young adults and are asking for community support to
make a smart handoff to Indianas youth.
Created in 2006 through a partnership between the Colts and the
Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), the Books for Youth
program seeks to provide a personal library of 25 books for every
foster child in Indiana. To accomplish this goal, the Colts have
hosted numerous book drives at their games, Blue Friday events and
school visits. Through these efforts, the Colts and their fans have
helped donate more than 60,000 books!
To find out moe about Books for Youths and how you can support
the Books for Youth program, click here.
The Colts realize that reading is such a significant foundation for
learning and hope to continue to raise awareness for this important
issue while encouraging families to spend fun and quality time
together. To that end, the campaign will continue to expand in the
coming years through additional programming with the goal to make a
lasting impact on the face of literacy in Indiana.
UPCOMING BOOKS FOR YOUTH COLLECTIONS:
* Prior to kickoff of their first game inside
Lucas Oil Stadium on August 24, the Colts will host a book collection
from 4-8 p.m. Fans are encouraged to drop off their donation at the
Colts Community Collection Stations located outside the Stadium gates
before heading inside.
If you are unable to donate on August 24, but would like to support
the Books for Youth initiative, please click
here for more information.
* The Colts will also be collecting books at each
of their Blue Friday events this year. Blue Fridays take place at
various locations around Central Indiana the Friday prior to each of
the Colts regular season games. Click
here for a list of 2008 Blue Friday dates and locations.
Click here for THE NEXT Blue
* To find out how you can host a book drive in
your community, visit http://www.in.gov/dcs/2895.htm
* You may also drop off new or gently used books for children of all
ages at any Indianapolis Marion County Library branch. For a listing
of branch locations, please click here.
Young Playmakers Challenge
In order to promote volunteerism among Indiana middle school
students, the Colts and American Family Insurance teamed up with
the Indiana Department of Education to host the Young Playmakers Challenge.
Through this program, approximately 10,000 middle school students in
more than 400 classrooms across Indianatracked their volunteer hours
during October and November.
In addition, the Colts and the Department of Education provided
teachers with service learning materials to help their students learn
about the importance of giving back to their community. From reading
at schools to volunteering at community centers, the Young Playmakers
Challenge was a call to action for middle school students to make a
difference in their area. In December, the classroom with the highest
percentage of volunteer hours per student received a visit from the Colts
Tight Ends. All participating schools also received a certificate of
participation. Some of our most important fans are the thousands of
students across Indiana who cheer on the team year after year. As a
result, the Colts have created numerous programs and initiatives that
combine the fun and excitement of professional football with
educational growth in areas such as character development, art and
health. This year, the Colts reached more than 12,000 students
through our education programs.
For the third year, the Indianapolis Colts hosted Big
Blue Football Camps at elementary schools across Indiana.
These camps are provided free of charge and provide a fun and safe
environment for students to learn about the game of football. In
2006, Colts Alumnus and Youth Football Commissioner Mike Prior hosted
30 Big Blue Football Camps for more than 7,000 youngsters.
At each camp, the Colts set up football drill stations for students
to practice their throwing, catching and tackling skills.
The camps also provided students the opportunity to learn about the
importance of staying active and exercising.
Youth Football is an integral part of the Colts community outreach
efforts. Each year, the Colts reach more than 11,000
youth across Indiana, providing camps, clinics and grants to promote
the game of football at all levels.
In 2006, the Indianapolis Colts teamed up with numerous organizations
to promote health and fitness among Indiana youth of all ages.
Through several grassroots efforts such as player visits, school
fitness activities and youth programs, the Colts are committed to
doing their part to ensure that tomorrow's generation live long,
The Indianapolis Colts Women's Organization (ICWO) provides volunteer
opportunities, community outreach and networking for all women
associated with the Indianapolis Colts. Throughout the year, members
of the ICWO visit Central Indiana elementary schools to read to
students and talk to them about the important role that reading plays
in everyday life. In 2006, the women read to more than 3,500
elementary students during their visits.
In addition, the women have hosted the Colts Thanksgiving Basket
Project, Celebrity Bell, Ringing for the Salvation Army, School
Supply Collection and the Wonder Hill Farm Trip for underserved youth.
The Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders participated in an Armed Forces
Entertainment tour in the South Pacific Region (Okinawa, Japan and
Hawaii) from November 30 to December 15, 2006.The purpose of the tour
was to lift troop spirits and morale to help maintain their readiness
and effectiveness while serving in defense of our country.
The Cheerleaders visited 11 military bases over the course of the
tour including stops at Kadena Air Base and Camp Courtney on Okinawa,
Japan; Camp Iwakuni, Sasebo Naval Base, Camp Zama, Yokota Air Base
and Camp Fuji on the mainland; PMRF Barking Sands and Hickam Air
Force Base in Hawaii.
A typical tour day included participation in meet and greets with the
troops throughout the day, hosting youth cheerleader clinics, and
ended with the performance of a 90- minute variety show at each location.
The Indianapolis Colts are pleased to announce their new partnership
with Applebees Neighborhood Grill and Bar. To help kick off the
2006 season, the Colts and Applebees are teaming up with
Teachers Treasures, a non-profit organization that provides
schools supplies to underserved students, for the ABCs:
AppleBees Cares program.
COLTS AND ARBY'S RAISE $92,000
The Indianapolis Colts and Arbys Make It Personal
again this year by raising more than $92,000 for Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI). Arbys kicked things
off in their restaurants by offering fundraiser coupon books for
$1.00 with all proceeds benefiting BBBSCI.
HUNTER SMITH HELPS TACKLE HUNGER
On August 28, Colts P Hunter Smith and his wife Jennifer hosted the
second annual Tackling Homelessness event benefiting Horizon House in
Indianapolis. The event was started by former Colts DT Josh Williams
and his wife Marcella in 2005. This year, the Smiths
volunteered to carry on the tradition, helping to raise more than
$33,000 for Horizon House, a non-profit organization that provides
numerous services and support for the homeless in Indiana.
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BLUE FOOTBALL CAMPS
The Indianapolis Colts Youth Football Department is teaming up with
Gatorade this fall to bring Big Blue Football Camps to 20 area
schools around the State of Indiana. These free camps give students
in grades 2-5 the chance to get active and learn basic football
skills in a non-contact camp.
Former Colts football player and Super Bowl XXXI winner Mike Prior
teaches students the importance of teamwork, education and fitness.
The Colts Youth Football Department will reach more than 6,000
students this fall with this program.
Colts Community Gameday Collections
Main Collections Calendar
The Indianapolis Colts will host several
pre-game charity collections during their regular season games to
benefit non-profit organizations throughout Central Indiana.
Every year, the Indianapolis Colts partner with
local businesses and non-profit organizations to host pre-game
charity collections outside the stadium gates. The 2008 gameday
collections will be located at the Colts Community Collection
Stations outside each of the Lucas Oil Stadium gates. Each collection
will begin when gates open, approximately four (4) hours prior to
kickoff, and will end at the start of the 1st quarter.
Please join us as we give back to the community
this season - stop by one of the Colts Community Collection Stations
and drop off your donation before heading inside to cheer on the Colts!
Coach of the Week
(presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield)
The Indianapolis Colts Coach of the Week program, presented by
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, awards outstanding high school
coaches for their hard work and dedication, as well as their success
on the field and in the community.
The Indianapolis Colts and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield launched
the 2007 Coach of the Week program on August 20. All head coaches in
the state of Indiana were eligible regardless of their school size,
league or division. Coaches were evaluated on various factors
including the coach's impact on his team, school and community, as
well as performance of the team. The honorees were selected by a
panel of high school football media, former athletic directors and
other football representatives from all regions of the State.
For 2007, nine coaches were selected as the Indianapolis Colts
Coach of the Week winners for the high school football regular season
and three at-large winners were selected during the post-season.
Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy announced each winner during his weekly
Monday press conference.
In addition, all of the 2007 winners will be recognized in an
on-field ceremony at the Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game at the
RCA Dome on December 2nd. Each winning coach will also be presented
with a certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Colts
President Bill Polian, Head Coach Tony Dungy and Youth Football
Commissioner Mike Prior. Coaches will also be awarded a $2,000 check
for their school's football program. Each award is made possible
through a $1,000 contribution from both NFL Charities and Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield.
2007 Coach of the Week Winners:
Merrillville High School
Arlington High School
Center Grove High School
Columbus North High School
Brownsburg High School
Jimtown High School
Shelbyville High School
Bishop Dwenger High School
Evansville F.J. Reitz High School
Winamac High School
Gary West High School
Bloomington North High School
Motorola Coach of the Year
The Colts and Motorola have teamed up to recognize outstanding
Indiana high school football coaches every year.
For the second year, the Indianapolis Colts and Motorola are teaming
up to honor Indiana high school football coaches through 2008
Motorola Coach of the Year program. Beginning in late August, high
school football fans across Indiana will have the opportunity to vote
online for their favorite coach. The top vote-getter from each
division will then be selected as a Motorola Coach of the Year and
receive a $1,000 donation to their football program, compliments of
Motorola and the Indianapolis Colts. In addition, the coach who
receives the highest number of votes overall will receive two (2)
tickets to a 2008 Colts home game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Stay tuned for 2008 voting information!
2007 Motorola Coach of the Year Winners
Class 5A Derek Moyers, Pike High School (Overall Winner)
Class 4A Jim OHara, Cathedral High School
Class 3A Jeff Shriver, Tippecanoe Valley High School
Class 2A Dave Pasch, North Putnam High School
Class 1A Herb King, Rockville High School
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