Indianapolis, IN, May 1, 2018 – Today, the Indianapolis Colts and the America Dairy Association Indiana are showing their continued commitment to child health and wellness by opening their application for a $10,000 'Hometown Grant' to support healthy nutrition and physical activity programs within an Indiana school district. This year of giving will mark over $50,000 distributed to local school districts through the Hometown Grant initiative! The first 25 districts to apply will receive an Indianapolis Colts Team Stamped Football* *& a "Winners Drink Milk" prize pack!
The 'Hometown Grant' program, developed by Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL, provides local organizations with the opportunity to identify deserving schools in their area and award them with a $10,000 to help meet their health and wellness goals. In its fifth year, the Hometown Grant program allows each of the 32 NFL Clubs, Fuel Up to Play 60 and local dairy representatives to provide funding to schools throughout the country totaling $320,000 this year. Previous Hometown Grant winners include Pike Township, Decatur Township, Lawrence Township and Warren Township.
"Mobilizing communities to advocate for and implement healthy changes at schools nationwide requires collaboration at the local and national level," said Mary Nicholson, American Dairy Association Indiana spokesperson. "Fuel Up to Play 60 is making an impact in schools across the country, and here in Indiana where nearly 70% of our schools are enrolled in the program, through the unwavering support from the NFL and America's dairy farmers, working together to take action to help students fuel greatness."
Hometown Grant recipients at Pike Township add, "We reached some of the student body that may not normally be in the spotlight. It gave them the opportunity to show and share their talents and gifts with the school community […] Because of this support, not only our student athletes, but our general education students can get stronger, healthier, and have fun!"
The $10,000 Hometown Grant application can be found at WinnersDrinkMilk.com/grants. The grant application period ends June 15, 2018 with a chosen school/district being awarded funding during the 2018-19 school year.
About the Indianapolis Colts
The franchise has won four World Championships. Since relocating to Indianapolis, the Colts have won 11 division titles, including five consecutive AFC South crowns from 2003-07. The Colts are the only NFL team to have 12-plus victories in seven consecutive seasons. The Colts won 115 regular season games from 2000-09, the highest decade total in NFL history, and the team's 23 consecutive regular season wins (2008-09) set another NFL record. The club won Super Bowl XLI following a 12-4 record in the 2006 regular season, and the Colts reached Super Bowl XLIV after winning the AFC title during the 2009 season.
The Indianapolis Colts take great pride in playing an active role in the community and are committed to corporate citizenship throughout Indiana. Leading by example, we hope to encourage and inspire our fellow Hoosiers to participate in the practice of giving back. Our goal is to create lasting philanthropic partnerships and maximize those relationships for the betterment of our community, thus, building a legacy of goodwill as we share the heart behind the horseshoe.**
About the American Dairy Association Indiana* American Dairy Association Indiana, Inc. (ADAI) is a not-for-profit promotion, communication, and nutrition education organization funded by and serving Indiana dairy farm families. We provide service to consumers, health professionals, teachers, food service professionals, and the media. We are an affiliate of the National Dairy Council.*
About Fuel Up to Play 60 **
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), which was founded by America's dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. The program additionally encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. As a result of the program, last year 14 million students made better food choices and are getting more physically active during the school day. Fuel Up to Play 60 is further supported by several health and nutrition organizations: Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association/Foundation, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association. Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.