INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts are proud to announce a resident of Evansville, Ind. as a 2012 honoree of the Colts Anthem Angels program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Rob Kerney was recognized at the Colts home game this past Sunday, November 4, 2012, for his outstanding contributions to the community.
Rob Kerney went blind at age 24 from severe diabetic retinopathy and has been an advocate for people with disabilities for the past 19 years. Six months after going blind, he returned to the University of Southern Indiana, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and later went back to get his Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
While in college, Rob was actively involved in student programming/administration and was a strong advocate for improvements of campus conditions for individuals with disabilities. Rob has been a part-time teacher for the past 10 years; in addition, he has continued to work tirelessly at the local and state levels to improve conditions for people with disabilities.
Rob’s dedication to helping others in his community extends from his work with Evansville Mayor creating a Disability Services Advisory Board (which he serves on) as well as being appointed to the Indiana Council on Independent Living by Governor O’Bannon. Currently, he is serving in his third term as Secretary of the 8th District Central Committee and he is very involved with “Blind Faith Ministries,” the non-profit organization he founded.
“Anthem Angels…Honoring Everyday Heroes” was established by the Indianapolis Colts and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to pay tribute to Hoosier “First Respondents” who may have received little or no recognition for the strides they have made to help others in human-service related professions.
In honor of Rob’s heroism, he received four (4) VIP Club Seat Tickets to the Colts game, a feature story with his photo in the Colts gameday magazine (the Scout) and on-field recognition at the game.
Nominations are still being accepted for upcoming 2012 home games. For more information about Anthem Angels, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, please visit: www.colts.com/anthemangels.