Richmond Make It Personal Tour

From two to 82, all fans had smiles on their faces when the Colts Make It Personal Tour kicked off the summer.

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The day wasn't just a special one for the fans. It was also special for the two members of the Indianapolis Colts who came to sign autographs: WR Dudley Guice and DB Jamie Silva.

"This is amazing. Without the fans I feel in my heart there wouldn't be any Indianapolis Colts. Fans are game changers," Guice said. "Just putting smiles on kids' faces that can't make it to the games on Sundays is truly great, it's hard to express with words."

One fan even brought along a photograph of Silva playing at Boston College for him to sign.

"It was very cool. It is just good to come out here and put smiles on the fans' faces," Silva said. "They cheer for us so hard and it is good for them to get to meet us and share a little personal time even if it is only for ten seconds. It is good for the community, good for the little kids and fun for us"

Silva and Guice were joined on stage by Colts Cheerleaders Sara and Shelby who also signed posters, hats and memorabilia for the fans.

There was one fan in particular who was happy to see the Colts on-hand: Howard Karn. Karn, who helped construct Lucas Oil Stadium, was taking in the sights and sounds at the Richmond Meijer with his wife Kay.

Karn did cabinetry work in the stadium's 142 luxury boxes and spoke fondly of his experience.

"It was really pretty neat to be a part of building the stadium," Karn said. "I have been a Colts fan for years and that was the last job I worked on before I retired so I really enjoyed it."

Karn didn't get to reap the rewards of his work right away as he was out of town for the event at which everyone who worked at the stadium was honored. But, he has since been back to take in several games.

"It is a really nice stadium for the city, the state and all Colts fans," Karn said.

At the first Make It Personal stop of the season Karn  and other fans could donate blood at the Indiana Blood Center, play on Colts inflatables, walk through the Colts In Motion traveling museum and much more.

On Wednesday, June 2 the Tour heads to Elkhart, IN. For more information on the Make It Personal Tour visit www.colts.com/events.

To follow our journey around the state log onto www.mycolts.net to read my blog or follow me on Twitter @MIPInternCJ.

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