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UnitedHealthcare and Indianapolis Colts HELMETS Program Helps Keep Student Athletes Safe


Thanks to the Alexandria-Monroe High School football program’s commitment to player health and safety, the school will have new, shiny helmets later this fall for their upcoming season.

The improved equipment is thanks to a continued collaboration by the Indianapolis Colts and UnitedHealthcare that just concluded its fourth year.

The Colts and UnitedHealthcare recently hosted Alexandria-Monroe High School and 17 other Indiana high school programs at an exclusive clinic at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. The event was part of their HELMETS program, an ongoing effort between the Colts and UnitedHealthcare to enhance the health and safety of young athletes in the Hoosier state through proper equipment, education and training.

Select players, coaches and school administrators from all 18 high schools attended the clinic, which featured former Colts offensive lineman Ryan Diem and a Heads Up Football™ clinic conducted by USA Football, the sport’s national governing body.

“Young athletes’ safety is of the utmost importance,” Diem said. “Football, like any sport, must be played properly to stay healthy and the HELMETS program does just that by teaching proper tackling technique.”

The clinic concluded with an awards ceremony at which Alexandria-Monroe High School, located 55 miles northeast of Indianapolis, was randomly selected to win the grand prize of new premium helmets for their varsity football program (valued at $25,000 per school). The remaining 17 high schools each received a $1,000 donation to the school’s athletic department.