This past week, a Celebrity Bowling Game hosted by Former-Colt Robert Mathis highlighted another effort of a member of the Colts throwing a charitable event for the community. “The Amp Harris & Robert Mathis Bowling Classic” is an annual bowling tournament hosted to raise money to buy over 1,000 children toys during this upcoming holiday season. When describing what gave him the idea for the fundraiser, Mathis stated “There were a couple of Christmases we weren’t able to get presents, so my heart goes out to the kids that are in that situation,so I try to do anything I can to help”
Numerous current and former Colts players also have built legacies upon giving back to the local Indianapolis Community in various ways. Current Colts-star Receiver TY Hilton holds a local football camp for elementary and middle school students to hone their skills on the field. Hilton’s predecessor — the great Reggie Wayne — hosted numerous events for charitable causes; including Cancer, the homeless, Local Youth and children’s foundations. Former Colts Coach Tony Dungy may be the most renowned philanthropist, raising awareness and funds for almost a countless number of causes, and running his own non-for-profit organizations All-Pro Dad, and Basket of Hope — both which focus on strengthening families.
At times it seems to some that news of many athletes who regularly give back to their local communities is often brushed aside for more controversial — and often negative — stories that bring ratings. Black Indy Live was able to speak to a few current and former colts-stars, on the importance of making it a habit to give back to the community visibly.
“It’s important because it’s showing that you can come from humble beginnings, and be successful, then come back and pay it forward.” Robert Mathis told Black Indy Live “So it’s just sending a message too, that it can be done”
(it’s important) The Connection to the community — our main support. on game day, sundays, throughout the week….and showing that you’re part of the community and that you’re giving back I think is meaningful” said Indianapolis Colts Ring-of-Fame member and former great Gary Brackett.
Brackett himself founded the Impact Foundation, which was created to transform lives by readying young people ages 15 – 24 to compete in the work force and enjoy life-long self-sufficiency. “I think it really can create those bonds between the fans and the players and really goes a long way throughout your career, in building up that chemistry on gameday”
Colts newcomer and starting Quarterback Jacoby Brissett was part of Charity Bowling Event hosted by Mathis, and seemed to be taking in and enjoying the atmosphere of giving “This is definitely a good event” Brissett told Black Indy Live. “You know, no matter what community it is, just to give back — and give back to people less fortunate”