Andrew Luck hopes to "change the play" for Indiana kids
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and 500 young fans enjoyed a field day of sorts at the Colts complex Friday. It was all part of the "Change the Play" program, an initiative designed to instill healthy habits in children to help them stay fit for life.
Colts punter Pat McAfee along with several Colts alumni like Gary Brackett joined Riley Hospital for Children IU Health to host Friday's field day, which featured dozens of activities for the kids, who hail from schools all over central Indiana. It was a festive atmosphere with music blaring from the loudspeakers.
The eight-week program aims to teach kids how important health and fitness is. The idea is to encourage them to try new exercises at home as well as at school. Nutrition is an important part of the equation, too.
"When we're at home and we're bored, we could do the stuff that we're learning here," said Leonard Love, student.
"I used to sit around. I want to go out and do more now in the afternoon - play, have fun," said student Lakia Harris.
"Health has always been a big part of my life," said Andrew Luck. "Physical health, mental health, in a sense; eating right, sleeping well; all the things you're sort of preached to. This is another way to hopefully get kids to buy into it."
Pat McAfee participated in some of the exercises along with the students - an experience that will no doubt have an impact.
Andrew Luck will appear at the WTHR Health & Fitness Expo on April 27th at noon. Download free tickets (use promo code HEALTH) and see a schedule here.