2012 BY 2012

The Indianapolis Colts teamed up with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Near East Side Community Organization to plant 101 trees and kick off a beautification initiative in preparation for Super Bowl XLVI.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The sun was shining brightly on Indianapolis' near eastside Friday morning as more than 100 volunteers from the Indianapolis Colts and several other community organizations met at the corner of Jackson Ave. and New York St. to plant 101 trees in that neighborhood.

This tree planting, sponsored by the Indianapolis Colts, was the kickoff of the Legacy Project's "2012 by 2012" initiative designed to plant 2,012 trees in the city's near eastside by the time the Super Bowl arrives in 2012. It is also part of an ongoing effort by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, through their NeighborWoods program, to develop green spaces that will help the environment, increase property value, build community relationships, and contribute to the safety of neighborhood environments.

After a brief orientation by the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful staff, the volunteers quickly got to work planting trees along Jefferson Ave., between Washington St. and Michigan St. In just over an hour, the volunteers had planted, mulched and watered all 101 trees. The Colts mascot, Blue, and two Colts Cheerleaders also stopped by to thank volunteers and help kick off the morning's festivities.

If you are interested in volunteering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, please visit their website at www.kibi.org.

About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to uniting people to beautify the city, improve the environment, and foster pride in the community.

About The Near East Side Community Organization
The Near East Side Community Organization (NESCO), believes all people have the right to live in clean, safe, revitalized neighborhoods that are free of crime and urban blight. Our mission is to support neighborhood associations through advocacy, referral, technical assistance and implementation concerning issues of importance to the neighborhood. For more information visit www.enn.org/nesco/nesco.htm.

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