On Sunday, June, 14th, the Nine13 crew had the pleasure of volunteering at the Fight for Life Foundation’s annual Seal the Deal football camp at Pike High School. The Fight for Life Foundation was started in 2007 by former Indianapolis Colts safety, Marlin Jackson, who wanted to start a foundation to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children. Jackson hopes to be able to give kids a fighting chance to make it in the world and to let them know that their environment does not have to dictate who they are in a negative way.
At the Seal the Deal football camp, their was flag football games, skills and drills, team competitions, and character development. The program consisted of a 2 day youth football camp and a one day flag football tournament, with each component combining flag football skills and drills with social development curriculum. Pike High school football students helped facilitate this program, which makes Seal the Deal a dual impact program. While helping students improve their athletic skills, Seal the Deal is more importantly designed to help students “Make big plays on and off the field.”
At the camp, our team helped catch field goal attempts by the participants, in addition to motivating and encouraging the youth during the obstacle course run and assisting with the setup of the flag football tournament.
Being able to help out a great friend and social entrepreneur in Marlin Jackson was truly a humbling experience for our organization. We’re big believers in the common good and recognize that our presence at these type of events exemplifies our passion for youth engagement and fitness. Moreover, volunteering with another nonprofit showcases our enthusiasm for collaboration and bringing more visibility to all of the amazing things happening in Indianapolis.