The Indianapolis Colts, in conjunction with the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance, announced today that the Hoosier Horsepower Lesson Plans are now available to Indiana's high school teachers. The lesson plans, which help students explore the benefits biofuels provide our state, features Colts tight end Dallas Clark as the programs spokesperson. Teachers can access the lesson plans and become eligible to win Colts prizes by registering at www.colts.com/hoosierhorsepower.
Biofuels have been a driving force behind our state's economy for the last five years. Biofuels made from Indiana corn and soybeans have pumped over $2 billion dollars into our state's economy and created hundreds of jobs.
"We wanted to develop lesson plans which are comprehensive enough to explain the benefits of biofuels, but easily implemented in the classroom," said Mark Henderson, executive director for the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance. "We think combining solid lesson plans with the appeal of an NFL star like Dallas Clark will make this an exciting program for students and teachers."
Clark is currently the second leading receiver in the NFL. He is also on pace to break the league record for receptions in a season by a tight end. For each catch Clark makes this season, the Colts will donate $100 to the "Fueling Our Future Scholarship Fund" on behalf of Indiana's corn and soybean farmers. The fund awards scholarships to students utilizing the Hoosier Horsepower lesson plans.
"I'm thrilled that my catches not only help our team win, but allow deserving students an opportunity to earn scholarships," said Clark. "Having grown up in Iowa and played football here in Indiana, I know how important biofuels are to reducing our nation's dependency on foreign oil."
While only the high school lesson plans are currently available, the Hoosier Horsepower program will also offer grade-level lessons for middle school and elementary school students by the end of the year. Teachers, students and classrooms can win autographed footballs, appearances by the Colts Mascot "Blue," pizza parties, as well as tours of Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. One teacher will be selected as the state's "Agricultural Teacher of the Year."
For more information on this program, visit www.colts.com/hoosierhorsepower or call Indiana Soybean Alliance/Indiana Corn Marketing Council at 317-347-3620.