On Monday, September 10, IPS students at four district elementary schools will interact with players from the Indianapolis Colts — but not for a friendly game of football.
The players will participate in “Colts Day in Schools,” a literacy program that provides free books for students. It’s part of the team’s Community Monday initiative, in which Colts players engage in charitable events throughout Indiana during the regular NFL season on Mondays — their only day off.
“Colts Day in Schools” started in 2009.
During the visit at each school, Colts players will read a story to students and distribute a free book to each. The event is for students in Grades K-3.
More than 1,200 books will be distributed to students at the following IPS schools:
- James Whitcomb Riley School 43
- William Penn School 49
- Anna Brochhausen School 88
- Clarence Farrington School 61
Kelsey Rowles, community relations manager for the Indianapolis Colts, said engaging with the fans — no matter how young — is important to the Colts organization.
“Some of the Colts’ most important fans are the thousands of students across Indiana who cheer on the team year after year,” said Rowles. “As a result, the Colts have created numerous programs and initiatives that combine the fun and excitement of professional football with educational growth in areas such as character development, art and literacy.”
As expected, when the Colts arrive at area schools, there’s a certain electricity in the air.
“There’s always excitement and positive reactions from students and staff when the Colts enter their building,” Rowles added.