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Jackson students experience Colts Camp

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Jackson Township Elementary fourth-grade student, Kelsey Ruff, 10, leaps into the air to catch a football Monday during the Big Blue Football Camp. Students took part in the same exercises that players do. Ruff is the daughter of Melissa Hughbanks, Brazil, and is a student in Nanette Brown's class. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
Jackson Township Elementary (JTE) went blue Monday.

The Big Blue Football Camp, which is sponsored by the Indianapolis Colts and Gatorade travels to approximately 40 elementary schools a year.

JTE students met former Colts' player and Youth Football Commissioner Mike Prior, who discussed with students about how actions have consequences and how students should make good decisions.

"You want to live by P.R.I.D.E.," Prior said. "Personal responsibility in daily effort. Work together as a team."

Prior played for the Colts from 1987-92 and then played with the Green Bay Packers from 1993-98, when they won Super Bowl XXXI.

During camp, students ran through drills the same drills the Colts run through, but scaled down for students. A trailer was set up and each student was given the opportunity to walk through it. Inside, they learned about different items from the pads the players wear and the type of cleats used on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium. Students and teachers were given a break where they would choose between water and Gatorade.

The program is free and parents or guardians had to sign a waiver.

"This is a really great program," Principal Jeff Fritz said. "This is our fourth time doing it and it gets the students active during the school day."

Though Prior is not a teacher, he knows that the children of today are tomorrow's future.

"I really try to encourage the students to lead a healthy, happy lifestyle both in the classroom and through physical fitness," Prior said. "I encourage them to make good choices and decisions."

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