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Colts Camp comes to East Side

Monday, May 11, 2009

East Side Elementary School fourth-grader Donna Ridge attempts to catch a ball after going through a station during the Colts Camp event at the school Monday. Donna is the daughter of Sue Ridge. [Order this photo]
For one hour Monday, students at East Side Elementary were put through a workout similar to NFL players.

The Indianapolis Colts Camp, led by Colts' Youth Football Commissioner Mike Prior, visited the school to encourage students to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

"I get a lot of enjoyment out of this," Prior told The Brazil Times. "To see (the students) come out, the smiles on their faces. They have fun doing this."

The camp is intended for students in grades two-five. Prior said he has been running the camps since 2005 and more than 100 schools have taken part. He said the camp comes to approximately 40 schools yearly and is sponsored by Gatorade.

"We're trying to promote healthier living," Prior said. "We try to teach teamwork, life skills and pride."

As he addressed the students at East Side Monday, he told them they were all part of one big family and they had to work together in order to complete the six stations that were set up.

"Always give your best," Prior told the students.

Before taking over his current position, Prior played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Colts and Green Bay Packers.

He won a Super Bowl ring with the 1996 Packers' squad, picking off a pass from New England Patriot quarterback Drew Bledsoe in the process.

In addition, Prior received a Super Bowl ring after the Colts won the title in 2006.

A native of Chicago, Prior played college football at Illinois State University.

He was drafted in the seventh round of the 1985 draft by the Buccaneers and played 13 seasons in the NFL.

He finished his career with 35 interceptions and 17 fumble recoveries.

The camp will be in Clay County again Wednesday when it visits Jackson Township Elementary School.

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