COLTS HONORED FOR FINANCIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Team makes it a priority to educate players for off-the-field success.

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Seven Colts Attended NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program

Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay and team President Bill Polian want their players to do more than just achieve success on the playing field.

They want them to be even more successful off the field.

That is why the team spends hours educating its players on proper financial management.

The NFL has taken notice and Thursday night NFL Vice President of Player Development Troy Vincent will make an on-field presentation honoring the team with the NFL's 2009 Outstanding Financial Education Program Award for Excellence in Programs and Resources for Financial Management.

In partnership with Butler University, the Colts provided financial literacy seminars on topics including budgeting, investments, benefits and insurance, and credit management. The Colts also had seven players who were selected to attend the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program, which teaches players business development skills and tools to help evaluate and understand business opportunities. The program was held at Harvard Business School and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Player Development Department is the hub for a wide range of League-sponsored programs designed to meet the needs of players and their families in today's NFL. Since its inception in 1991, more than 9,000 players and significant others have made use of programs administered by the department. Player Development Directors at each club work to ensure programs and services are meeting the needs of players. Player Development is divided into five areas: Continuing Education, Financial Education, Career Development, Career Transition and Player Assistance Services.

Vincent will make the presentation during Thursday's game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals that kicks off at 7 p.m. in Lucas Oil Stadium. Representing the Colts will be Polian, Director of Football Administration Steve Champlin and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Richard Howell.

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