This free event features live music, information about volunteering, Colts posters and much more! In Indianapolis, fall signals the start of both football and philanthropic seasons. To celebrate both, the Indianapolis Colts team up with United Way of Central Indiana to host The BIG Kickoff event on Monument Circle. The free event features live musical entertainment, opportunities to find out about volunteering at United Way and its agencies, limited edition Colts kickoff posters, autographs from Colts Alumni players, interactive inflatables, a visit from Colts Cheerleaders and Blue as well as an opportunity to weigh in on what you think Central Indiana needs to be a great place to live. Check back for more details on the 2017 event!
The largest single-day blood drive in Indiana, the Bleed Blue Blood Drive and Holiday Fest is held each December at Lucas Oil Stadium and includes family-friendly activities and holiday movies on the big screen.
The Indianapolis Colts, Indianapolis Parks Foundation and Indy Parks constructed a fitness park in Riverside Park on the city’s northwest side. The new fitness park includes a PLAY 60 Challenge Course, 40-yard dash and exercise equipment. With more than 5,000 square feet of play space, the project provides a safe and fun place for families and children to exercise and spend time outdoors together.
This fall, the Indianapolis Colts and Cargo Services, Inc. will invite fans to join them in honoring military heroes during the month of November as a part of the NFL’s league-wide Salute to Service initiative. Through November 30, fans can print off a custom Hero Card, fill in the name of their military hero and share a photo of them holding their card on social media using #ColtsHeroes. The Indianapolis Colts and Cargo Services, Inc. will donate $1 to local military organizations for every Hero Card that is shared using that hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, up to $2,500.
Colts Community Tuesdays, supported in part by CBS4, is a season-long outreach program in which players participate in activities every Tuesday. The Indianapolis Colts are passionate about volunteerism and activate their players and staff each year to support numerous important causes, including literacy, holiday assistance and hunger relief. Using their only day off from practice, Colts players take time to give back to various non-profit organizations across Indiana. From school and hospital visits to beautification projects, Colts players, cheerleaders, staff and team mascot Blue take the time to volunteer and share joy with those in need.
Each December, Colts players, cheerleaders and mascot Blue visit Riley Hospital for Children to sing holiday carols and distribute gifts to patients. This annual Colts tradition has brought cheer to hundreds of children and their families over the years.
For twelve years, the Colts, Genesco, Lids have outfitted an entire school with new shoes, hats, gloves and t-shirts through the Cold Feet, Warm Shoes initiative. In just one day, volunteers transform a school's gym into a full-service shoe store. Every child is brought into the "store," sized for a new pair of shoes and allowed to select their favorite pair.
The Indianapolis Colts and Vincennes University have teamed up for "Colts Day in Schools" to encourage students to read and distribute free books to children who may not otherwise be able to purchase them.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Indianapolis Colts invite local youth to participate in a special Hispanic Heritage Month Football Camp at the team’s training facility. During this camp, the youth have the opportunity to meet Colts players, learn about the importance of staying active and participate in different football stations.
The Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Wesleyan University and United Way team up each year to host Hometown Huddle, an NFL initiative focused on building healthier, stronger communities through service projects and fitness clinics.
Each Thanksgiving season, the Colts host a Thanksgiving food giveaway at Lucas Oil Stadium for select families in need. With the help of presenting sponsor US Foods, the Colts’ “Horseshoe Helpings: From Our Home to Yours” event provides 2,000 families with the “fixin’s” for a Thanksgiving meal.
With the support of Meijer, 40 underserved youth have the opportunity to Shop with A Colt to purchase toys, clothes and other items needed around the holiday season.
During the month of November, the Colts and Meijer team up to provide a special Thanksgiving shopping trip for 10 families from Sheltering Wings. While the children enjoy snacks and crafts with Colts players, the mothers are provided with $200 in Meijer gift cards to purchase food items for a Thanksgiving feast.
As a part of National Philanthropy Week each year, the Colts work hand-in-hand with Million Meal Movement to host the Million Meal Marathon, which provides nutritious meals to less fortunate children and their families. In this one day event, the marathon activates hundreds of local volunteers and engages students to teach them about the importance of volunteering.
The Indianapolis Colts, in partnership with Tyler Mason Salon and Spa and Air-Tan, provide a day of pampering for ten women who are currently battling breast cancer or who have survived the disease. The honorees are selected from online nominations to participate in this program and receive spa treatments at Tyler Mason Salon and Spa, as well as a private tour of Lucas Oil Stadium and dinner with Colts players at the Indianapolis Colts Grille.
Each year, the Indianapolis Colts, American Heart Association and the Y of Greater Indianapolis kick off the “PLAY 60 Challenge.” This program promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by encouraging families to have at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Participants track their activities and minutes for a six-week period.
For the tenth consecutive year, the Colts will build a playground at a deserving local inner-city school in Indianapolis, Ind. This playground will provide a fun and safe play space for thousands of Indianapolis youth. The playground will be used by the school and will also be open to the public and community neighborhood throughout the year.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Indianapolis Colts visit the IU Health Simon Cancer Center. Colts players meet and greet patients, sharing words of encouragement and spreading joy.
The Indianapolis Colts visit the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center for its annual Veterans Day event. Students, Colts players, cheerleaders, and mascot Blue decorate footballs at a local school. Those footballs are then added to care packages and are delivered to hospital patients as a ‘thank you’ for their service to our country.
Community involvement has always been one of the Colts top priorities in Indianapolis. Many of our Colts players extend their community involvement outside of the organization through personal foundations or other charitable organizations.
Colts CB Vontae Davis and teammates host a holiday shopping spree for 21 local foster children at Meijer.
The National Football League and the Indianapolis Colts team up to host players and coaches from the 2016 IHSAA football championship schools, which are: Linton-Stockton, Cardinal Ritter, Concordia, Roncalli and Westfield. The players participated in college preparatory and professional career seminars to better prepare them for the future. After they absorbed the information, the group took a trip to Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center to experience the NFL Combine like never before.
The Indianapolis Colts, mascot Blue and Faegre Baker Daniels celebrate Read Across America with visits to local elementary schools. Guest speakers read excerpts from Blue's book "Blue's Road Trip through Indiana" while the team's mascot incorporates slap-stick humor to help students learn that reading is fun.
The Indianapolis Colts defensive line, joined by coach Gary Emanuel, surprise 10 teenage foster kids with presents during a tour of the team's facility. The Colts also give each one two tickets to the team's upcoming home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Photos from the Indianapolis Colts Big Blue Football Camp at North Wayne Elementary in Indianapolis
Photos from the Indianapolis Colts Big Blue Football Camp at Eagle Elementary in Brownsburg, IN
Colts Cheerleaders traded in their gameday uniforms for ball gowns and tiaras as they transformed into princesses for a day to deliver cheer to patients at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.
The Colts visited Riley Hospial for Children to sing carols and deliver some holiday cheer to young patients and their families.
The Colts and Indiana Blood Center hosted the 17th Annual Bleed Blue Blood Drive and Holiday Fest at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, December 17.