The #BreakingBarriers initiative will include three components:
Fostering community dialogue. This season, the Colts players, coaches and staff will continue to host and take part in events that bring people together to discuss important community issues.
Inspiring community members. Throughout the year, the Colts will host and take part in activities that inspire Hoosiers to work toward the important goals of the effort. Last year, several players joined students from the Indianapolis Public Schools and local police officers at the Peace Learning Center, the city’s award-winning organization that educates, inspires and empowers people to live peacefully.
Funding community initiatives. The Colts also have created a new Social Justice Club Fund, which will support various nonprofits working in these important areas. The Colts will match contributions from current and former players up to $250,000. Colts players and staff will collaboratively determine the process, timeline and guidelines for the fund.
The Colts also will make awards from the Players’ Action Fund, which Colts players created last season to support nonprofits that are working to break down barriers. The Irsay family kicked off the fund with a $100,000 donation.