At the beginning of the 2012 season, Colts Defensive End Robert Mathis joined Goal 2025 in encouraging people to tell their story about how they have reached their goal of obtaining a post-secondary education.
"You can always go back and finish your degree. Ideally you want to just keep going through, but life happens. I had to go back, it happens to the best of us and people have nothing to be ashamed of. Once you return and get that degree, it's one of the best feelings in the world." said Robert Mathis on completing his degree at Alabama A & M University.
Cheryle Smith understands the importance of completing a college degree and shared her story with the Colts:
"I went back to school in March of 1986, and graduated in 2007. I worked full-time and raised three sons. My dream was to graduate with my bachelor's degree before my oldest son graduated with his bachelors. My message was, 'We all need a post-secondary education and High School wasn't the end of the learning.' My two oldest sons have their Associates degrees and my youngest son is a freshman in college. I praise God for the support I had around me to achieve my dream and set expectations for my children. I'd love to support this campaign because I know how important and rewarding it is to achieve your dream with a post-secondary education, no matter how long it takes."
At the Colts final home game of the season, Cheryle represented the hundreds of Colts fans who joined Mathis this year in a pledge to Goal 2025.
Launched in 2008, Goal 2025 is working to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees or other credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025, "The vast majority of new jobs require high skills, and if you don't have a college degree, your chances of being in the middle class are visibly diminished," explained President and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, Jamie P. Merisotis.
The purpose of Goal 2025 is to provide people with access to data and information, best practices, consultation and an array of other supports that will help them build their plan to meet the Big Goal.
Goal 2025 is vital to maintaining a good quality of life for individual Americans and to ensure the long-term stability and security of our society. The Colts join the Lumina Foundation in encouraging America to adopt Goal 2025. For more information, please visit www.colts.com/goal2025.
Tell us how you are going back to get your degree or assisting others in doing so at www.colts.com/goal2025. During the playoffs, we will award an autographed Robert Mathis mini-helmet to one person that joins him in pledging to Goal 2025.