INDIANAPOLIS — Tuesday, September 11, was a special day for students at Longfellow Magnet Middle School, located just outside of Downtown Indianapolis. They had a special guest coming to their school – a guest that they are going to get to know pretty well over the course of the next few months.
That guest was Colts DE Cory Redding. A big lineman with an even bigger heart.
Redding's passion for football is evident in the way he plays, but his passion for helping youth is even more evident when he visits local schools. And on September 11, he had an important message for the students at Longfellow. It was a challenge – to make good grades, to have a good attitude and to attend class. In exchange for the students accepting this challenge and pledging to work hard at these three things, Redding told the students he would do his part to reward them.
At each Colts home game, Cory will donate 15 tickets to Longfellow Middle School so that students who are living out the pledge will have the opportunity to visit Lucas Oil Stadium for a game. In addition, Redding promised to come back to the school at the end of the semester to host a special pizza party for all of the students who participated in his pledge program.
This program is a part of Cory'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.