INDIANAPOLIS –The Indianapolis Colts and Meijer, the Official Superstore of the Colts, partnered with Team Penske to provide local youth with a $200 shopping spree. On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, "Shop with a Colt" provided a special shopping experience for 40 underserved youth, ages 6-10, at the Fishers Meijer. Colts players, Team Penske IZOD IndyCar Series driver Will Power and volunteers from the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Indiana guided children through the store to help them with their purchases.
Santa Claus and Colts Mascot Blue joined the gathering to surprise children attending this event. The kids, from Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Indiana and Fall Creek Elementary School, were able to watch a movie while enjoying a pizza party compliments of Papa John's Pizza. Each child then received a $200 Meijer gift card to purchase holiday gifts for themselves and their families.
After signing autographs and taking group photos, Colts C Thomas Austin, RB Vick Ballard and OLB Lawrence Sidbury along with IndyCar Driver Will Power each teamed up with a child to help oversee their holiday shopping.
Many of the children had already planned their shopping lists in advance, but they soon learned they would need to make room for one more gift. This additional gift would not be for themselves; instead, each child was also provided an additional $20 Meijer gift card to purchase a toy to donate to the "Toys for Tots" program.
This is the seventh year the Colts and Meijer have teamed up for this holiday shopping event, and the Fourth year that Team Penske has been involved. This Colts "Community Tuesday" program was created to give children in need the opportunity to purchase items they could not otherwise afford while enjoying a special holiday experience with celebrities from the Indianapolis Colts and Team Penske. Meijer has supported several Colts outreach projects this year, including the SACKing Hunger Food Drive, Meijer Holiday Shopping and Horseshoe Helpings event.
About Colts Community Tuesdays
During the regular NFL season, Tuesday is the only day off players receive. As a result, the Colts utilize every Tuesday to engage their players in various charitable events and programs throughout Central Indiana. From schools and hospital visits to blood drives and holiday outreach, Colts players participate in a wide variety of "Community Tuesday" activities throughout the season. Follow the Colts throughout the community *@coltscommunity* on Twitter and *Colts in the Community* on Facebook. For more information on all of the Colts outreach efforts, visit www.colts.com/community.
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the "one-stop shopping" concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings.
About Penske RacingPenske Racing is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have produced 364 major race wins, 423 pole positions and 24 National Championships, including the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. The team has also earned 15 Indianapolis 500 victories and 165 IndyCar wins. For more information about Penske Racing, please visit www.penskeracing.com.