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Three Seniors Help Team Peyton

On April 25, three Scecina Memorial seniors had an opportunity to give back to the community and meet one of their football heroes at the same time. Nolan Ayres ‘14, Gary Fisher ‘14, and Jordan Brown ’14 volunteered with St. Vincent’s Sports Medicine to help run the Team Peyton All Stars. They joined student-athletes from three area schools in helping to teach several agility drills to young members of Team Peyton.

Team Peyton is a program that seeks to inspire children to become young philanthropists by engaging in fundraising initiatives that support patients at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent. The program aims to foster servant leaders, caring members of society and young stewards while offering a meaningful, exciting experience.

Jordan Brown especially enjoyed the opportunity to visit St. Vincent Sports Performance, as he plans to study Kinesiology at Franklin College. He described how after learning and teaching the various agility drills, the excitement of the event really picked up when a special guest arrived: “We first taught the stations. Then the kids rotated through the stations and we recorded their times and tried to hype them up. During the drills Peyton showed up, and then they (the kids) really started trying hard.”

After the drills, the entire group listened to Manning as he spoke to the group about the importance of being a servant leader and finding opportunities to give back to community. The event ended with everyone having a chance to take a photo with Manning before a catered lunch at St.Vincent Sports Performance.

For Jordan, it was an unforgettable experience: “It felt really good to help motivate young people and provide a memorable experience. Some of the kids were from Riley or former patients who helped raise money…and it was crazy seeing Peyton Manning. He seemed like a normal guy, very sarcastic.”

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