INDIANAPOLIS - Nothing like a breakdown to get some holiday cheer going.
Yup, everybody get in the middle and scream as loud as they can in unison. Commonplace during athletic competition its usually left there when it comes to things off the field.
Cory Redding didn't care. There was something he wanted to get out there to set the tone for the "Cold Feet, Warm Shoes" charity event at College Park Elementary School on the west side of Indianapolis.
"We keep Chuck around us no matter what we go," said Redding of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who continues to battle Leukemia.
That's why Redding got the nearly 75 volunteers for the event together inside the gym and had them put their hands toward the middle of the Colts players in attendance to handout shoes, socks and hats to 450 children.
On the count of three, the crowd screamed "Chuck" and the even had begun.
"His spirit is with us," said Redding-and its with others too.
Jerraud Powers, who helped to organize the annual event, said he is constantly asked about Pagano and the "Chuckstrong" saying.
"It started a something we wanted to do inside as a team, you know, play the season for Chuck," said Powers. "But it kinda translated in the community and to everywhere else. For everyone else to jump on board, its a great situation."
The players at the event-including Antoine Bethea, Matt Overton, Sergio Brown, Scott Lutrus, Shawn Loiseau-felt the same as they participated in the two-hour event. The growth of the "Chuckstrong" mantra is something they continue to see at Lucas Oil Stadium and events such as this.
"It's been a nationwide "Chuckstrong" campaign," said Overton. "It's really spread a lot of hope who are battling the same circumstances right now."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times