INDIANAPOLIS - Fifty students at the IPS Center for Inquiry received a special gift from Indianapolis Colts players on Tuesday, October 28. As a part of their continued effort to promote physical fitness among Indiana youth, the Colts distributed new bicycles and helmets to kindergarten and first grade students in the school's gymnasium. Prior to the distribution event, Colts staff members and parents from the school helped assemble the bicycles.
Colts DB's Brandon Foster and Brandon Sumrall were on hand to help hand out the bikes and share a few bicycle safety tips with the children. They covered everything from buckling helmets to looking both ways before crossing the street. The purchase of the bikes was funded through NFL Charities and the NFL's league-wide "Play 60" initiative launched by the NFL and its 32 teams to focus on the health and wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. The helmets were donated by Flanner and Buchanan through their bicycle helmet program, which has provided more than 30,000 helmets to Indiana youth since 1999.
The Colts selected the Center for Inquiry to receive this donation after learning that the new Indianapolis Cultural Trail will run adjacent to the school's grounds and will be used by their students for bike rides and walks. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail will connect neighborhoods, Cultural Districts and entertainment amenities while also serving as the downtown hub for the entire Central Indiana greenway system. Completion of the entire trail is scheduled for 2012, just in time for the Super Bowl.
Colts Community Tuesdays, sponsored by WISH TV, is a season-long outreach program in which players participate in various charitable activities every Tuesday of the season.
For more information on what the Colts are up to in the community, visit www.colts.com/community.