Indianapolis Colts player Dwayne Allen reads to students at Brookside School 54. Indianapolis Colts players visited students in four Indianapolis Public Schools elementary schools on Tuesday, September 9 for “Colts Day in Schools.”

Colts players Dwayne Allen, Josh Gordy, Ryan Lankford, Josh Lenz, Jeff Matthews, Dewey McDonald, Henoc Muamba and Erik Swoope read to the students and answered questions at Brookside School 54, Eleanor Skillen School 34, Ernie Pyle School 90 and Key Learning Community.

“It’s important that our students watch athletes reading and promoting literacy,” says Eleanor Skillen Principal Susan Mahoney. “For the Colts athletes to model and promote the 20 minutes of reading we ask students to read each day is powerful.”

Colts tight end Dwayne Allen read to the students at Brookside and told them that practicing for football doesn’t just happen on the field. The players also put in lots of hours in the classroom.

“Reading is very important and vital to us winning!” Allen told the students.

At the end of the event the students were given a Colts goodie bag with a book, stickers and other Colts items! What a great way to promote reading with our students!