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.
The Indianapolis Colts host their annual "Bleed Blue Blood Drive" event that is the largest in the state. In addition to receiving over 1,500 donations, the team also offered a free day of holiday activities. Fans of all ages had a chance to meet players, cheerleaders and enjoy a complimentary viewing of holiday movies on the big screens of Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Indianapolis Colts partner with Meijer Superstores to give 40 children from Big Brothers and Big Sisters a chance to buy holiday gifts for their families. Each participant received a $200 gift card to spend on themselves and loved ones, while also receiving an additional $20 to spend on a toy for charity. The presents chosen by the kids were donated to the "Toys for Tots" program.
The Indianapolis Colts team up with LIDS Sports Group to hold the 12th annual "Cold Feet, Warm Shoes and Hats" event at Hawthorne Elementary School. Colts defensive end Kendall Langford, his teammates, cheerleaders, mascot Blue and over 80 volunteers from LIDS and parent company Genesco, Inc. helped fit around 500 children with new shoes and a warm hat for the holiday season.
Several Colts players and staff members spent their Tuesday morning visiting some of their four-legged fans at the Indianapolis Humane Society and learning more about the services they provide for animals in need.
FedEx and Colts linebacker Erik Walden team-up to distribute 300 Thanksgiving meals to Indianapolis families at Chase Near Eastside Legacy Community Center. At the same time, Colts defensive backs Darius Butler, Mike Adams and Vontae Davis hosted their own Thanksgiving meal giveaway a few miles away to help even more families in need. Davis and his teammates also went door-to-door handing out turkeys to homes on the east side of town.
As part of the team's fifth annual "Horseshoe Helpings: From Our Home to Yours" event at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts team up with US Foods, Lucas Oil Products, Meijer and Citizens Energy Group to hand out over 2,000 Thanksgiving meals to local families.
The Indianapolis Colts and Meijer team-up to provide families involved with Sheltering Wings, an organization that provides emergency housing for victims of domestic violence, a $300 gift card to help stock-up on food and clothes for the winter.