Several Gameday Initiatives Planned to Recognize Those Who Serve
The Indianapolis Colts will once again join the NFL’s 2016 “Salute to Service” campaign by dedicating their November 20 game to honoring military personnel and their families. While the team has several year-round initiatives that serve both active duty military and veterans, each year they select one November home game as a part of a national effort by the NFL and its 32 teams to highlight the men and women of the Armed Forces. Fans also have the opportunity to be involved and show their support. Additional information is available at www.colts.com/salute.
For a fifth consecutive year, the Colts will host their Holiday Mail for our Heroes program, presented by ATI Physical Therapy with the help of American Red Cross, to give fans the opportunity to sign holiday cards for active duty military serving here and abroad. Card signing stations will be set up at the November 20 game both in American Family Insurance Touchdown Town (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) and throughout the street level concourse. In addition, the Colts will be collecting baby diapers and wipes outside each Lucas Oil stadium gate from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to benefit military families through the USO. The team has also joined with CBS4 to distribute camouflage ribbons to fans as they enter Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.
Prior to kickoff, a special video message featuring Colts players will air on the video boards and the team will partner with Wilson Kehoe Winningham to honor 100 family members of fallen soldiers on the field as the Horseshoe Heroes of the game. The National Anthem will be performed on the trumpet by SSG Ronald Duncan and 200 individuals representing all branches of the military will hold the full-field flag. Challenger, a bald eagle, will fly through the stadium during the anthem.
Fans are invited to honor military heroes through the Honoring Heroes social media campaign, presented by Cargo Services, Inc. Fans can use the Honoring Heroes card on page 62 of their gameday Scout program or print off a hero card at home via colts.com/ColtsHeroes, fill in the name of their military hero and share a photo of them holding their card on social media using #ColtsHeroes. The Indianapolis Colts and Cargo Services, Inc. will donate $1 for every Hero Card that is shared using that hashtag on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, up to $2,500 to local military organizations.
The Indianapolis Colts Foundation will also host a 50/50 Raffle for fans at the game and donate a portion of the proceeds to local military organizations. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the day’s ticket sales will go to one lucky fan and the remainder will support the work of the Indianapolis Colts Foundation in the community and local military organizations. Tickets will be sold by Colts 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sellers at six stationary kiosks and by multiple mobile sellers. Last game’s total jackpot was $76,188 which brings the 2016 season jackpot total to $356,279. For more information, visit www.colts.com/5050Raffle or call (317) 616-2872. Indiana Gaming License Number 140945.
The NFL is donating $1,000 for every point scored during Salute to Service games this year. Donations will benefit USO, Pat Tillman Foundation and Wounded Warriors Project. In additions, fans can bid on game worn Salute to Service items at nflauction.nfl.com or purchase Salute to Service apparel items at the Colts Pro Shop. Proceeds from the auction and merchandise sales will benefit the three organizations listed above.
“Salute to Service” Game, November 20, 2016
- Holiday Mail for Heroes, with American Red Cross, presented by ATI Physical Therapy
- Outside in American Family Insurance Touchdown Town: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Inside Lucas Oil Stadium from 11:00 a.m. until the end of halftime (while supplies last), in the Main Concourse outside of sections 110, 117, 132 and Lucas Oil Plaza.
- Camouflage Ribbon Passout, presented by CBS4
- Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Location: Outside each Lucas Oil Stadium gate until kickoff
- Pre-game Baby Diaper and Wipe Collection to benefit military families through USO of Indiana
- Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Locations: Outside each Lucas Oil Stadium gate
- “Salute to Service” Banners, Field Stencils and Goal Post Wraps
- 100 Family Members of Fallen Soldiers Honored as Horseshoe Heroes of the game, supported by Wilson Kehoe Winningham
- Military Personnel will run out with Blue and Players during Team Introductions
- Blue and Colts Cheerleaders in Camouflage Apparel
- Full Field Flag held by 200 military personnel from all branches of the military
- National Anthem performed on the trumpet by SSG Ronald Duncan from the 38th Infantry Division Band
- Challenger, a bald eagle, to fly during National Anthem
- Indianapolis Colts Foundation 50/50 Raffle to benefit Military Organizations
- Salute to Service apparel available at the Colts Pro Shop, with all proceeds benefiting USO, Pat Tillman Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project
- Honoring Heroes social media campaign, presented by Cargo Services, Inc. – Fans can use the Honoring Heroes card on page 62 of their gameday Scout program or print off a hero card at home via com/ColtsHeroes, fill in the name of their military hero and share a photo of them holding their card on social media using #ColtsHeroes.
About NFL “Salute to Service”
The National Football League continues its long history of honoring veterans and active duty members of the military with its annual “Salute to Service” campaign that occurs each November. The “Salute to Service” campaign is designed to unify and elevate the extensive military appreciation work of the NFL and its clubs. Throughout November, teams designate home games as special military appreciation games. During these games, teams display “Salute to Service” banners on their sidelines, in addition to hosting ceremonies to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s troops.
The “Salute to Service” campaign aligns with the NFL’s long history of supporting America’s armed services, including a partnership of more than 50 years with the USO that includes overseas visits to troops and trips to military hospitals nationwide. For more information, visit www.nfl.com/salute.