Community Events and Programs
About Community Mondays
Colts Community Mondays, supported in part by CBS4, is a season-long outreach program in which players participate in activities every Monday. 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.
Caroling at Riley Hospital for Children
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.
Cold Feet Warm Shoes
For THIRTEEN years, the Colts, Genesco, and 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.
Colts Day in Schools
The Indianapolis Colts visit local elementary schools 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.
Hispanic Heritage Football Camp
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.
Million Meal Marathon
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.
Pamper Her Pink
The Indianapolis Colts, in partnership with Tyler Mason Salon and Spa and Sun Tan City, 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.
PLAY 60 Challenge Launch
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 ELEVENTH 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.
Shop with a Colt
With the support of Meijer, underserved youth have the opportunity to Shop with A Colt to purchase toys, clothes and other items needed around holiday time.
Simon Cancer Center Visit
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 team up with Team Smile to host 300 Indianapolis youth for the opportunity to receive free dental services and learn about the importance of dental hygiene in their lives.
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.
Veterans Day Visit
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.
Books For Youth
With the support of Cargo Services, Inc., the Colts and Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) seek to provide a personal library of 25 books to every foster child in Indiana.
Player Outreach and Other Community Events
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.