COMMUNITY IMPACT CHALLENGE
The Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders are excited to launch a new Community Impact Challenge program. Through this program, each member of the squad has teamed up with a local charity to create an idea for a community service project. After Colts fans vote for their favorite project, the winning project will receive a $10,000 grant so that the Colts Cheerleader who proposed the project can bring it to life.
Cast your vote below for your favorite project! Voting will end on December 16, 2018, and the winning project will be announced at the Colts vs Giants game on December 23.
College Mentors for Kids
Provide a year of mentoring (approximately 640 hours) for children in need. They will learn about education, career opportunities, community service, and cultural diversity with college students.
Child Advocates of Marion County
Assemble activity kits for children who have suffered abuse and neglect. Items would assist with recovery and provide sensory stimulation to promote positive coping and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Boys & Girls Club
Host a cooking class for kids with their parent/guardian where they will learn together how to prepare and cook healthy meals with a professional chef to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Provide funding for nutrition and health education to Marion County schools. The goal of this program is to decrease childhood obesity and increase overall health, mind and body. Energy Krazed educates Hoosier families on leading a healthier life through Right Minds, Right Meals, and Right Moves!
Provide fully paid scholarships for young girls with type 1 diabetes to participate in the Colts Junior Cheer program. This program would provide them with fun physical activities despite their family's financial situation. The remaining money would be donated to JDRF research.
Angels and Doves
Support the mission of preventing bullying, injuries, and bullying suicides in K-12 by supplying school districts in Indiana with toolkits, holding interactive workshops & presentations, and implementing peer to peer peacekeeping programs.
Dress for Success
Provide attire and training workshops to help women prepare for new career opportunities, as well as provide a mentorship program with Colts Cheerleaders. This partnership would help women of Indianapolis seek new career opportunities.
Gleaners Food Bank – BackSacks Program
Host a fundraiser in support of the BackSack program, which provides weekend meals for at-risk youth. Colts fans would be asked to donate $5 to cover the cost of a BackSack and the funds would be used to match all donations up to $10,000.
Purchase sensory packs for fans with special needs or conditions that attend Colts games at Lucas Oil Stadium, allowing them to enjoy the gameday experience.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Orchestrate a special experience for youth in our city who are patiently waiting for a Big Brother/Sister mentor, and help build the brightest possible future for our community by raising awareness for the mentoring program.
Transform a puppy play yard into a beautifully landscaped, functional area for adoptable dogs to participate in play groups, enrichment, and quality time; creating a stellar opportunity for potential adopters to view available dogs at play!
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Provide resources for a neighborhood cleanup around Lucas Oil Stadium. Pop tabs from any cans collected that day will be used to make a Buddy Bench at a local school or park.
Provide funding for Young Women in Leadership (YWIL), which is a leadership development program focusing on college and career preparedness. In YWIL, girls go on career field trips, participate in mock interviews, and conduct a community service project.
School on Wheels
Provide two complete school uniforms to every child in the School on Wheels program who needs one during the spring semester. Uniforms are a key way to help ensure regular attendance. While 87% are enrolled in school, only 77% attend school regularly.
Riley Cheer Guild
Create developmentally appropriate sensory bags for the unique needs of children with autism/developmental delays at Riley Hospital for Children. These bags would include take-home items for patients that could be used both in the hospital and at home.
Partner with Special Olympics Indiana and the Unified Champion Schools initiative to host an inclusive football and cheerleading camp for individuals of all abilities, giving everyone the opportunity to participate in one of America's most beloved sports.
Create a welcoming space for homeless families by renovating, repainting and updating the children's play area, so that it's equipped with tables, chairs and educational toys to enhance motor and cognitive skills.
Speedway High School
Assist Mia Benge, a junior cheerleader who's a tumor and stroke survivor, in creating a legacy around blanket tying therapy to be included as curriculum in her class at Speedway HS.
NubAbility Athletics Foundation
Provide Indiana children with limb differences the opportunity to attend a NubAbility Athletics Foundation camp. In addition, Colts Cheerleaders would coordinate with their cheer and dance programs to serve as guest coaches to the campers.
Sponsor four Indiana families to experience an unforgettable week at Camp Sunshine, an all-inclusive retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Riley Children's Foundation
Coordinate a themed photo shoot for the patients at Riley Hospital for Children. Families would be provided with a memorable keepsake photo that would feature their child in their theme of choice (Princess, Superhero, Animated Character, etc.).
Changing the Face of Beauty
Organize a photo shoot that highlights people with disabilities to promote media and advertising that are inclusive and representative of the population. The goal is to share the message, "All Abilities are Welcome Here."
Gleaners Food Bank - School-Based Pantry
Coordinate with pre-existing school based food pantries in Indianapolis to implement nutrition education for pantry clients which would include cooking demos, recipes and education on how to eat healthy on a budget.
Assist NeuroHope with an event at the "Incrediplex" Sports Complex to help fund a newly accessible wellness program and state-of-the-art Neuromuscular electrical stimulation program (as 1 of 11 places in the U.S.).
Create a fun "Future Fair" event for middle schoolers to attend and learn about different professions and opportunities. This would promote excitement and drive for education leading into the high school years.