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Cathy King: Shaping Young Athletes at the Indianapolis Colts’ Hispanic Heritage Football Camp

As the sun cast its rays on a warm fall day in early October, William Penn School 49 students gathered outdoors for an experience that combined physical fitness, skill development, and the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Overseeing the Hispanic Heritage Book Fair & Football Camp was Cathy King, the school’s dedicated physical education teacher who played a pivotal role in making the day possible.

The Indianapolis Colts, in collaboration with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, organized a special event at William Penn on Tuesday to help celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. The students had the chance to participate in a Hispanic Heritage Book Fair and a football camp.

“This is just a perfect day to be outside,” said King, noting the temperatures rising through the 70s as the leaves in trees surrounding the athletic field changed colors for autumn. “It’s a great day to get the students out here with the Colts staff to transfer the skills they’ve learned during our indoor PE classes.

“I always try to get our students outdoors whenever possible,” she said. “Today we have all the stations to allow the students to practice running, passing, catching, and smiling. The students are just having a great time and it shows in their faces.”

The book fair segment of the event encouraged a love for reading among the students. With members of the Colts cheerleading squad narrating read-along sessions, it was an opportunity for young minds to explore the world of books.

Each William Penn student had the privilege of selecting two books, free of charge.

The highlight of the day, however, was the football camp. Designed for students in grades two through five, this camp focused on teaching fundamental skills through non-contact drills. The six different position stations offered valuable lessons in football knowledge, language, and technique.

More importantly, King believes the camp encouraged these young athletes to remain active for at least 60 minutes daily, promoting a healthier lifestyle.