updated: 9/28/2010 12:19:50 PM

Colts Partner to Build School Playground

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Members of the Indianapolis Colts organization are among 200 volunteers building a new playground for an Indianapolis charter school. The facility at Paramount School of Excellence will be the third built by national non-profit organization KaBOOM! and Colts partners. The playground's design is based on drawings created by children.

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September 27, 2010

News Release

WHAT: More than 200 volunteers from the Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Products, National Starch LLC, Unique Home Solutions and the Paramount School of Excellence, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the community will join forces on Tuesday, Sept. 28 to build a new, safe playground at the school. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in July.

WHY: The new playground will provide nearly 600 children who attend Paramount with a great place to play. The first green school in the state of Indiana, Paramount opened this fall, but did not have a playground for children to enjoy. Now, with the help of the Colts and their partners, these students will have a playspace to call their own.

This project is a part of the Colts ongoing efforts to encourage young people to be active at least 60 minutes each day through the NFL’s PLAY 60 Campaign. The playground will give children the opportunity to have access to something they personally helped create, and is another example of the Colts, Lucas Oil Products, National Starch and Unique Home Solutions’ ongoing investment in the Indianapolis community.

The playspace is the third built by KaBOOM! and Colts partners, and one of more than 180 builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2010 in an effort to provide a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 28

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Kick off ceremony and volunteer deployment

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Best viewing of playground construction

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Final construction phase and adjustments

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate new play area

(Note: all times approximate)

WHERE: Paramount School of Excellence
3020 Nowland Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46201

WHO: Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard;

Indianapolis Colts Vice President Kalen Irsay;

Indianapolis Colts QB Tom Brandstater, DE Keyunta Dawson, TE Brody Elridge, WR Pierre Garcon, DE Jerry Hughes, DT Ricardo Mathews, DT Fili Moala, DT Dan Muir and DB Mike Newton;*

Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders and Blue;

National Starch mascot Korny;

Hundreds of volunteers from the community

*Players listed are subject to change and will be participating at various times throughout the day

VISUALS: Before and after shots of the site

Volunteers assembling brightly colored playground equipment

Volunteers moving 48,600 square feet of safety surfacing by hand

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground

Indianapolis Colts

The franchise has won four World Championships. Since relocating to Indianapolis, the Colts have won eight division titles, including five consecutive AFC South crowns from 2003-07. The Colts are the only NFL team to have 12+ victories in seven consecutive seasons. The Colts won 115 regular-season games from 2000-09, the highest decade total in NFL history, and the team’s 23 consecutive regular-season wins (2008-09) set another NFL record. The club won Super Bowl XLI following the 2006 season, and the Colts reached Super Bowl XLIV after winning the AFC title during the 2009 season.

The Indianapolis Colts take great pride in playing an active role in the community and are committed to corporate citizenship throughout Indiana. Leading by example, we hope to encourage and inspire our fellow Hoosiers to participate in the practice of giving back. Our goal is to create lasting philanthropic partnerships and maximize those relationships for the betterment of our community, thus, building a legacy of goodwill as we share the heart behind the horseshoe.

Lucas Oil Products

The owners and employees of Indiana-based Lucas Oil Products are proud and privileged to take part in the 2010 Playground Build to benefit the Paramount School of Excellence near downtown Indianapolis.

Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, President/CEO and Vice President of Lucas Oil Products Inc., respectively, prioritize their philanthropic initiatives to benefit many great communities in the state of Indiana. The Lucas and their numerous employees throughout the state pride themselves on maintaining a hard-working culture and an unwavering commitment to strengthen the future of all Indiana natives.

The Lucas attended the 2009 Playground Build and witnessed first-hand the results of everyone’s hard work.

"It was great to see the community come together and build something like this," Forrest Lucas said. "The outcome was truly amazing."

Added Charlotte Lucas, "The children in that community formed lifelong relationships with one another as well as a really positive sense of community," she said. "Hopefully they will hopefully pay these efforts forward someday."

Professional drag racer Morgan Lucas, the youngest son of Forrest and Charlotte, took part in the 2009 Playground Build and plans to be back for this year's event.

"We're all really excited to come out and take part in the 2010 Playground Build spearheaded by our great friends and business partners with the Indianapolis Colts," Morgan Lucas said. "This event is by far one of the most rewarding efforts we partake in on an annual basis and I'm ready to get back out there and see this year's build come together.

"On behalf of my mom and dad and the rest of the extended Lucas Oil family, I can say without question that this is a very proud moment for our company. It's a real privilege to work with the great people with the Paramount School of Excellence."

National Starch LLC

National Starch LLC is a leading global supplier of specialty starches and is headquartered in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The company develops, makes and markets nature-based, functional and nutritional ingredients and systems which are used to create desirable attributes in many types of foods and beverages. Its industrial products help increase the productivity and sustainability of paper manufacturers and improve the quality of paper products. Its specialty products also deliver sensory, performance and process benefits in a wide array of consumer goods and industrial applications. For more information on National Starch’s businesses, please visit www.foodinnovation.com or www.papermakinginnovation.com. National Starch has operated its flagship starch milling and modification operation in Indianapolis for 140 years and employs over 470 people at the facility.

Unique Home Solutions

Unique Home Solutions is Central Indiana’s largest home remodeling company specializing in interior and exterior remodeling. Unique is an award-winning company, proud to have served over 25,000 satisfied customers in our 27 years in business. As an employee owned and operated company, Unique is proud to serve Indiana homeowners with custom designed energy efficient solutions from the top of the roof to the basement floor. For more information on Unique Home Solutions, products or services visit www.UniqueHomeSolutions.org.

Unique Home Solutions is honored to participate in the 2010 Playground Build for Paramount Elementary School. Our involvement in this project reflects our dedication to building healthy and beautiful communities around Indiana. We could not ask for a better opportunity to show our gratitude to those who have given so much to us during our 27 years in business than by building a playground that will give our future men and women a safe place to play, learn and form lasting memories.

Paramount School of Excellence

Paramount is a kindergarten through 8th grade urban charter school with innovative technology and state-of-the-art educational practices. PSoE offers a unique vision for developing students as caring young adults that respect themselves, their environment and learn as independent thinkers. With features such as wind turbines (the only school with a wind farm in the nation), life sized robots and a give forward garden, students will receive a broad palette of integrated subject matter, giving them a solid foundation for real world problem solving. http://www.paramountschool.org


Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play. Through community building, the organization is focused on giving every child in America a great place to play within walking distance. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct more than 1,800 new playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources, including an online community, free online trainings, grants, publications and the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play, which includes Playful City USA and Playmakers – a national network of individual advocates for play. KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

Source: Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Products, National Starch LLC, KaBOOM!, Paramount School of Excellence

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