Indianapolis- On Tuesday, September 9th, Indianapolis Colts DE Cory Redding went to Arsenal Technical High School to challenge over 300 freshman students to a season-long pledge program. In return for students' attendance, strong work ethic and good behavior, Redding will reward students with Colts tickets at each home game. In addition, Redding will take a few moments before each game to meet with the students in attendance and congratulate them on their efforts. At the end of the semester, Redding will return to Arsenal Technical High School for a pizza party to celebrate student achievements.
The kickoff event included a motivational speech from Redding, question and answer session with students, as well as presentation of a Colts flag. Colts mascot Blue and two Colts cheerleaders were also in attendance to excite the students about the pledge program.
Redding started the pledge program during his tenure with the Baltimore Ravens and continues it for a third year in partnership with an Indianapolis school. This program is a part of Redding's ongoing support of the community through the Cory Redding Foundation, which was created to support quality educational, recreational and community assistance programs that promote the development of at-risk populations.
This event was a part of the Colts "Community Tuesday" effort which is a weekly initiative geared towards leaving a positive impact in the Indianapolis community.
For the third year, Redding challenged Indianapolis students to attend class, work hard at their grades, respect others and have a good attitude.