INDIANAPOLIS - For the third consecutive year, the Indianapolis Colts worked with local students to decorate 200 Colts footballs to be placed in care packages and delivered to the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. On Monday, November 5, 2012, the Colts partnered with Harrison College to engage students from Metropolitan High School, as well as Harrison College students and employees for an early Veterans Day visit.
The day started off with a visit to Metropolitan High School, where Colts WR Kris Adams and TE Kyle Miller worked with students to write messages of thanks and encouragement on footballs. Colts Community Spokesperson Josh Bleill talked to students about his experience as a U.S. Marine and the important role that positive messages play in the recovery process for veterans. Once the footballs were complete, Colts G Ben Ijalana and ILB Scott Lutrus joined students to deliver the decorated footballs and care packages to patients at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and to personally thank them for their service to our country.
This visit was a part of the NFL's league-wide "Salute to Service" campaign, honoring veterans and active duty members during the month of November, and served as the "Colts Community Tuesday" event of the week due to the team's Thursday night game in Jacksonville.
About Colts Community Tuesdays
The Colts are proud to team up with WTHR Channel 13 for our 2012 "Community Tuesday" events. During the regular NFL season, Tuesday is the only day off players receive. As a result, the Colts utilize every Tuesday to engage their players in various charitable events and programs throughout Central Indiana. From schools and hospital visits to blood drives and holiday outreach, Colts players participate in a wide variety of "Community Tuesday" activities throughout the season. For more information on all of the Colts outreach efforts, visit www.colts.com/community.
About Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
Since 1932 the VA Medical Center has been serving veterans, providing acute inpatient medical, surgical, psychiatric, neurological, and rehabilitation care, as well as both primary and specialized outpatient services. Each year, the Center cares for more than 53,000 patients.
About Harrison College
Harrison College is a contemporary, career-focused institution of higher education serving more than 4,500 students throughout the United States and Internationally. Harrison College has 12 campuses in Indiana and Ohio, two culinary schools in Indiana and North Carolina, and also offers courses online at harrison.edu. The institution grants Associate's and Bachelor's degrees across five schools of study: Business, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, and Veterinary Technology, as well as its culinary division, The Chef's Academy. Harrison College offers students a variety of learning environments including online, traditional classroom, or a combination of both. Harrison College is accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and is dedicated to excellence in higher learning. In addition, the College is currently a Candidate with The Higher Learning Commission and an affiliate of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA). Harrison College was founded in 1902 as Indiana Business College, and is celebrating its 110th anniversary of preparing students for their chosen professions.