INDIANAPOLIS - On Monday, November 11, 2013, the Indianapolis Colts and approximately 40 local students decorated 200 Colts footballs that were placed in care packages and delivered to the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. In partnership with Harrison College, the Colts engaged students from Indianapolis Metropolitan High School to visit injured veterans for the fourth consecutive year.
To begin the day, Colts TE Dwayne Allen, OLB Lawrence Sidbury and Mascot Blue joined Metropolitan High School students to write messages of gratitude and encouragement on footballs. Allen spoke with students about his experience growing up near a military base and the important role that veterans play in securing our freedom. In the afternoon, Colts OLB Justin Hickman and four students delivered the decorated footballs to patients at the Roudebush VA Medical Center. The group spent time with veterans to thank them for their service to our country.
This visit was a part of the NFL's league-wide "Salute to Service" campaign, honoring veterans and active duty members during the month of November. Monday's visit served as the "Colts Community Tuesday" event of the week due to the team's Thursday night game in Tennessee.
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.
About Harrison College
Harrison College is a contemporary, career-focused institution of higher education serving more than 4,500 students throughout the United States and Internationally. Harrison College has 12 campuses in Indiana and Ohio, two culinary schools in Indiana and North Carolina, and also offers courses online at harrison.edu. The institution grants Associate's and Bachelor's degrees across five schools of study: Business, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, and Veterinary Technology, as well as its culinary division, The Chef's Academy. Harrison College offers students a variety of learning environments including online, traditional classroom, or a combination of both. Harrison College is accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and is dedicated to excellence in higher learning. In addition, the College is currently a Candidate with The Higher Learning Commission and an affiliate of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA). Harrison College was founded in 1902 as Indiana Business College, and is celebrating its 110th anniversary of preparing students for their chosen professions.
About Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
Since 1932 the VA Medical Center has been serving veterans, providing acute inpatient medical, surgical, psychiatric, neurological, and rehabilitation care, as well as both primary and specialized outpatient services. Each year, the Center cares for more than 61,000 patients.