The evening of September 23 was full of food, fun, and festivities at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. This is an annual event to bring folks — Program Advisors, administrators, program supporters, and students — involved with Fuel Up to Play 60 together.
In the Pavilion, guests were able to sample smoothies and yogurt parfaits, compliments of General Mills. The Colt’s chef, Dewitt Jackson, made omelets a la Pat McAfee for everyone to try.
On the practice field, Phil Andrews and his crew from the Colts led all sorts of fun drills, from Quarterback Throw to Dress Like a Player. The Colts in Motion mobile museum was on hand as well. Along the sidelines, several stations provided a variety of activities and information. Thank you IN Department of Education, Power Panther, Memorial HealthWorks Kids’ Museum, Program Advisors Cassie Brooks and Kathy Rebber, and our very own Buttercup!
Oh yea, there was one other thing happening on the practice field – Colts Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador, Pat McAfee, was in the house! Pat was a busy guy, conducting a number of interviews, signing autographs, taking selfies with guests, and relaying the importance of eating healthy foods and being active every day. Fun and excitement hardly describes what Pat brings to Fuel Up to Play 60.
Back in the Pavilion, Latrice Sales, Associate Director of the NCAA Sport Science Institute, gave the keynote address, providing information relating physical activity to improved academic success for our students. Third generation dairy farmer, Sarah Wagler, told us about her dairy farm in Brown County and the support Indiana’s dairy farmers provide to the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
Our student panel answered questions put to them by emcee, Greg Browning. Nicely done, and thanks to DeShawn Robinson from Winding Ridge Elementary, Rylie Seavers from East Central High School, and Abby Evans from Brownsburg High School.
As guests left the event, milk (thank you, Prairie Farms!) and cookies (are you really surprised?) awaited everyone for their journeys home. A good time was had by all!