Nine-year-old Mannah Mace, daughter of John and Jane Mace of Brazil, Ind., won the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to retrieve the tee following kickoff at the Indianapolis game on Sept. 24 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Mannah is one of 10 lucky winners from across the state selected to participate for each Colts home game, and will receive four field level Colts tickets, an official St.Vincent Colts Kickoff Kid jersey, Colts paraphernalia and be recognized publicly on the jumbotron during the game.
St.Vincent Health and the Indianapolis Colts launched their statewide Kickoff Kid campaign to encourage good childhood health and wellness through exercise and nutrition, and host a register-to-win contest for Indiana's children to become the "St.Vincent Colts Kickoff Kid."
It has been reported nationally that 30 percent of young people, ages 6 to 19, in Indiana are already considered overweight or obese. Indiana is also ranked ninth in the states in the percentage of the population who are obese. Obesity can contribute to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and joint problems.
"St.Vincent Health is committed to improving the health and safety of the pediatric population throughout the state of Indiana," said Jon Rahman, MD, chief medical officer for St.Vincent Health. "This partnership is a fun way to promote healthy eating and active lifestyles exercise for kids, while combating the increasing childhood obesity epidemic in Indiana."
Mannah, who is a fan of Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning, is a fourth-grader at Jackson Township Elementary School. Mannah said she stays fit by playing soccer at the local YMCA, playing volleyball and competitive dancing.
For tips on helping children lead healthier lives, a complete list of contest rules and registration, log on to stvincent.org.