INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, September 11, the team opened up the practice facility at Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center to more than 160 youth, ages 8-16, for a Hispanic Heritage Month Youth Football Camp.
Designed to kick off the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs September 15 – October 15, this free football camp is also a part of the Indianapolis Colts ongoing commitment to the PLAY 60 initiative, a health and fitness platform that was launched by the NFL in 2007 to encourage youth to be active at least 60 minutes each day.
Blue was the friendly face to welcome the children as they raced into the Colts indoor practice facility Tuesday evening. In great anticipation of the activities to come, the kids rushed to put on their special t-shirts in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month and PLAY 60 wristbands. Before jumping into the football drills, Colts players DT Chigbo Anunoby, G Hayworth Hicks, and TE Kyle Miller introduced themselves.
Miller spent a few moments speaking about the importance of physical fitness and the impact it has made on his life. Once the clock struck 6:45 p.m. the children separated into their groups to rotate through five football drill stations lead by the players.
For this Colts Community Tuesday, the Colts partnered with several community organizations including La Plaza, Inc., Concord Neighborhood Center, Hawthorne Community Center, Shepherd Community Center and El Lirio De Los Valles Church to engage youth in the Hispanic community.
The Indianapolis Colts will join the NFL in continuing Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations throughout the month.
On Saturday, September 15, the Indianapolis Colts will join La Plaza for FIESTA Indianapolis at the American Legion Mall in downtown Indianapolis. Another attribution to the PLAY 60 initiative, the Colts PLAY 60 Zone will be on-site to allow children to run through three football drills. Colts Cheerleaders will also be available to sign autographs and take photos with visitors from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
FIESTA Indianapolis commenced in 1980 and is the largest annual Latino festival in the state of Indiana. More than 30,000 people attend the event annually. Event activities will feature music, food, dancing and cultural festivities.
At their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, September 23, the Indianapolis Colts will incorporate special recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. Before the game, a mariachi band will take center stage on Lucas Oil Plaza at Lucas Oil Stadium. Colts Cheerleaders will perform a special pre-game performance with local dancers from Into Salsa, Inc. In addition, the team will present the second annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, presented by Bud Light, to Rafael A. Sanchez, local community leader and Partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, during the third quarter.