Andrew Luck is calling an audible—and hoping Hoosier kids listen.
The Colts quarterback will team up with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health to improve the health of Indiana kids with the “Change the Play” campaign. The statewide program encourages kids to make better choices in the areas of physical fitness, nutrition and education.
Riley and Luck want to give kids the tools and information to make healthier choices as childhood obesity becomes a larger problem in Indiana and around the nation.
The four-year partnership will include sports performance camps, educational tools for kids and events featuring Luck.
“I know the importance of having good role models in your life,” said Luck. “As a kid I was fortunate that my parents embraced a healthy lifestyle and encouraged us to be physically and mentally active, using sport as play.
“They taught us the benefit of exercise, good nutrition and informed decision making which helped me develop a strong foundation,” said Luck. “I believe that by working with Riley, we can help make that kind of difference in the lives of Indiana kids and I am looking forward to it.”
Luck said his parents, Oliver and Kathy, raised him and his three siblings in a mindset that encouraged making good choices. They understood the importance of exercise and eating healthy at an early age. He wants to make sure other kids have the same opportunity—and said that’s why he’s teaming up with Riley Hospital for “Change the Play.”
Riley officials said Luck’s goal perfectly fits their vision of healthier, happier Hoosier kids.
“This is an ambitious goal but if anyone can make a difference, I believe it will be Riley and Andrew working together,” said Dr. Jeff Sperring, president and CEO of Riley at IU Health. “In addition to caring for our patients, we want to see all Hoosier kids grow healthier, stronger, happier.
“We feel it’s our responsibility to give every child access to the best information and advice, and Andrew is a great role model. He has a lot of great ideas and infectious enthusiasm and we’re looking forward to shaping this program together.”