Colts Honor Snider Football Program For Community Service Work (VIDEO)

By Dean Pantazi - 21 Alive

December 30, 2013 Updated Dec 30, 2013 at 12:17 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (21 Alive) - The Colts and Indiana High School Athletic Association honored the Snider High School football program as the recipient of the 2013 Blue Horseshoe Award.

The Blue Horseshoe Award is presented annually in recognition of a high school football program whose acts of service better their community.

Twenty student-athletes and coaches from Snider were honored with the award prior to the kickoff of the Colts-Jacksonville Jaguars game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Snider football program takes an active role in giving back to the community, with each class working with a Fort Wayne-based organization for the entirety of their careers as student-athletes. This year, the senior class will complete their third year working with Erin’s House, an organization that provides support services for children, teens, and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one. The juniors volunteered at the Euell Wilson Center, a Christian organization designed to enrich the lives of children and strengthen families. The sophomore class began its first of three years working with Mustard Seed, which provides household furnishings to families and individuals as they rebuild their lives after suffering disaster, personal tragedy, or catastrophic misfortunes.

“One of the goals of our football program is for our players to learn to care about something other than themselves,” said Snider head coach Kurt Tippmann. “By matching up each class of students with a community organization and facilitating their participation, we hope to provide for them the opportunity to experience helping others so that it may become a meaningful part of their life after high school.”

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