BROWNSBURG — Earlier this week, Brownsburg West Middle School was named the NFL Play 60 Super School and students were treated to a special event with members of the Indianapolis Colts.
The players included long snapper Matt Overton, cornerback Josh Gordy, guard Hugh Thorton, linebacker Daniel Adongo, tight end Weslye Saunders, and free safety Sergio Brown, as well as Colts cheerleaders and Colts mascot Blue.
Pete Nemeth, senior director of government affairs at Comcast, which is a partner for the Play 60 program, kicked off the event.
“The NFL Play 60 Super School Program is a natural fit for Comcast,” Nemeth told the crowd. “We work in your community to champion education and we believe that physical education is necessary to teach you the importance of fitness throughout your lifetime. As a long standing partner in the Brownsburg community, Comcast is proud to champion the NFL Play 60 Super Schools with the NFL Network and your Indianapolis Colts.”
Nemeth said the idea is that the event will get the students to be more active.
“We hope that today’s event and this entire program will help you get excited about your own physical education and get fit and healthy for your life,” he said. “I know that it worked for me. Thank you to Brownsburg Middle School, Brownsburg Community School Corporation, the NFL Network, and the Colts for allowing Comcast to be part of the day today.”
Overton also congratulated Brownsburg West for the accomplishment.
“Congratulations on being named this year’s NFL Play 60 Super School of the year for being active and promoting 60 minutes of health and fitness every single day,” he said.
Several students were then given the opportunity to ask the players questions.
Saunders, who grew up in the Indianapolis area, took one question that focused on bullying.
“I did get bullied,” he said. “I was the big fat kid everybody made fun of. What I could do was run around and run through them and I could dunk on them and I could catch the football.”
He said he used the bullying as motivation to stay healthy and active, which ultimately led to him playing for “best team in the NFL.”
Overton answered another question, which was about his pregame ritual.
“I get up really early the morning of game day,” Overton said. “The first thing I do is have my coffee, then I listen to some country music, then do a little bit of praying and reading — just something to keep my mind away from the game.”
Once he gets to the stadium, he said he goes out early to warm up with punter Pat McAfee.
At the end of the convocation, the players, on behalf of the organization, presented the school with a $10,000 youth health and wellness grant.
Eighth-grade students in the best physical education class and members of the Brownsburg Fuel Up to Play 60 program had the opportunity to take part in the NFL Play 60 Ultimate PE Class with the Colts.
The students rotated through a circuit of activities and got to interact with the players, cheerleaders, and Blue, who also took part in or led some of the activities.
After the activities, Saunders said giving back to the community is part of his duty as an NFL player.
“It’s real important to come back and talk to the kids,” he said. “When I see these kids, I see myself … just 13 years ago. I think they’re starting to get the points, because the’re not just hearing it from parents or their teachers.”
Saunders added that he had a good time being able to participate in the activities and have fun with the students.
“It gives them a reason to get out of class a little early,” he said. “They we’re having a blast and they were loving it. We couldn’t ask for more.”