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Colts and Huntington Bank welcome 25 children from the Lilly Boys and Girls Club to Monday’s practice

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 29, 2013 – 10:34 pm

The Colts had a few extra voices in the post practice team huddle on Monday afternoon.

Coach Chuck Pagano and the Colts welcomed a group of 25 underserved Indianapolis youth into the middle of the huddle to breakdown the team with the word “family.”

The breakdown of the huddle was a culmination to a day long of activities for the “Huntington Camp Heroes” program.

“The kids get to come here, get bused into Colts City, get a special viewing area, a place to eat and then the experience with Coach Pagano and the players at the end tops it off,” said Brent Frymier, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Huntington Bank said.

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Along with attending the camp, the children received backpacks filled with schools supplies, t-shirts and goodie bags.

The 25 kids ranging from ages 5-13 were chosen from the Lilly Boys and Girls Club in Indianapolis.

As Monday afternoon’s practice concluded, the Colts huddle parted with players high-fiving the Huntington Heroes into the middle.temp2013_0729_TC_2782--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Chuck Pagano and Cory Redding addressed the youth, hoping to leave a lasting message.

“It’s so great to have you guys here and we are so glad you could make it,” Pagano said to the children in the huddle.

Redding had the 25 kids take a look at their thumbs and explained to them how each of their individual thumb prints are unique and to be themselves.

That message preceded Pagano and the rest of the Colts team putting their hands-in for a final huddle breakdown on the children’s cadence of “1-2-3-family.”

The Huntington Camp Heroes program is in its fourth year as the partnership between the Colts and Huntington Bank continues to extend into the community.

“This is what it’s all about,” Frymier said looking over the kids watching Monday’s practice. “These are fans just like everybody else and they get to come out here and for an opportunity that they wouldn’t else have had.”


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