By Brooks Busch
To have success on the football field is the ultimate goal of every NFL franchise.Dedication in the weight room, practices in the intense heat and tedious meetings in the film room are geared towards claiming the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season.
But as is the natural order of the NFL, winning seasons will come and go. However, the backbone of a truly great NFL franchise is built upon the unrelenting support from the fan base and local community.
The Indianapolis Colts made that bond between a team and its community even stronger on Tuesday afternoon when the team made a trip to the Concord Neighborhood Center.
The 2012 rookie class participated in a variety of activities with nearly 250 underserved youth, ages 12 and under. These events included a PLAY 60 Football Camp for youth ages 7-12, as well as reading time, arts and crafts and a climbing wall activity.
Although this may be his first year in the NFL, the importance of making a strong, concerted effort to give back to the community is not lost on quarterback Andrew Luck and hisfellow teammates.
“It was really my first, as a part of the (Colts), foray in the community,” said Luck. “It is great to get out here and to try to positively influence kids’ lives or to just help them have fun for a couple of hours.”
The children at the Concord Neighborhood Center were thrilled to meet members of the rookie class, and players such as Dwayne Allen were equally as excited to spend time with the children.
“It was awesome,” said Allen. “This is an opportunity for us, the Colts rookies, to get out and get our first taste in the community and help out with some little kids. We did it through some pretty encouraging physical activity outside.”
The rookies understand that they are setting the tone for future fans of Colts football. Asfresh faces throughout the organization look to usher in a new era of Colts football, the children of the Indianapolis community will have new role models to look up to and footsteps to followin.
“For me personally, it is very important,” said Allen on giving back to the community. “Playing football goes beyond the field. It is about impacting those people around you, those on my team and those in the community.”
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