Colts First Children’s Book to be Released at Booksellers Statewide; Book Tour Dates Announced

Book Features Mascot Blue and Takes Readers on a Road Trip through Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – Tomorrow, March 22, the Colts will officially release their first children’s book, featuring their mascot Blue, at booksellers statewide. The book, entitled Blue’s Road Trip through Indiana, invites readers to join Blue as he travels Indiana to visit some of his favorite places from A to Z. It will be available in stores throughout the state, including Meijer and Barnes & Noble, and online via the Colts Pro Shop and Amazon. This week Blue will also launch a four-stop book tour in Central Indiana to promote the book and sign copies for fans. Details on the tour are provided below and available here.

Blue’s Road Trip through Indiana was written by Trey Mock, the team’s mascot coordinator, and was inspired by Blue’s travels throughout the state over the past ten years as he’s visited more than 1,500 schools statewide providing free educational programs. The book was published by Mascot Books.

Given its strong ties to the State of Indiana, Blue’s Road Trip through Indiana has been endorsed as an official Legacy Project of the Indiana Bicentennial by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. As a way to celebrate the Bicentennial, Blue and First Lady Karen Pence will visit five elementary schools around Indiana over the next eight months to read the book to students. In addition, Blue is planning a statewide book tour over the summer. More details on that tour will be announced in June.

The Colts are also sending a complimentary copy of the book to every elementary school library in the State of Indiana.

BLUE’S CENTRAL INDIANA BOOK TOUR

STOP #1: March 22, 2016, 6-7 p.m.
  96th Street Meijer
  8375 E 96th St, Indianapolis, IN 46256
   
STOP #2 March 24, 2016, 6-7 p.m.
  Barnes and Noble, Greenwood Park Mall
  1251 US 31 North, Greenwood, IN 46142

A portion of the evening’s book sales at this event will be donated to the Colts Books for Youth program, which provides backpacks filled with books for Indiana foster youth, and is supported by the Indiana Department of Child Services and Cargo Services. For more information visit http://goo.gl/TjC79X.

   
STOP #3 March 28, 2016, 6-7 p.m.
  Whitestown Meijer
  6650 Whitestown Pkwy, Whitestown, IN 46077
   
STOP #4 March 29, 2016, 6-7 p.m.
  Barnes and Noble
  2540 Futura Park Way #135, Plainfield, IN 46168

A portion of the evening’s book sales at this event will be donated to the Colts Books for Youth program, which provides backpacks filled with books for Indiana foster youth, and is supported by the Indiana Department of Child Services and Cargo Services.

About the Author

Trey Mock is entering his eleventh season as the “man behind Blue”. He started his mascot career as Aubie at Auburn University. In 2006, he helped create Blue for the Indianapolis Colts. Trey and his wife Ali Mock reside in Westfield, Ind. with their son Gunnar and daughter Tegan.

About Mascot Books

Mascot Books, located in Herndon, Virginia, was co-founded in 2003 by Naren Aryal. Mascot Books has published over 1,000 books with a diverse library of titles including children’s, young adult, fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, and more. Their line of collegiate and professional team licensed books is second to none and spans all major sports and teams across America and beyond. Learn more at www.mascotbooks.com.

About the Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project

The Indiana Bicentennial Commission is charged with overseeing the planning and execution of a statewide celebration for Indiana’s 200th birthday. First Lady Karen Pence serves as official Bicentennial Ambassador. The commission encourages every community and organization in Indiana to take part in this unique celebration. Bicentennial Legacy Projects are reviewed and endorsed by the Commission and highlight the best of Indiana.  Today, there are more than 1100 Legacy Projects all across Indiana.  Find out more at www.indiana2016.org.