Mike Adams gives to students

Colts safety to meet with Indianapolis students Tuesday.

Colts safety Mike Adams has partnered with George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies (P.L.A.) of Indianapolis to donate school supplies to more than 100 students on Tuesday.

The 11th-year pro, signed by the Colts in the offseason, has been a community activist throughout his career. He was recently awarded a key to a district in his home state of New Jersey. Adams is from Patterson, N.J.

“I’m excited to meet the kids at Phalen Leadership Academy and hoping to put some big smiles on their faces,” Adams said in a Colts news release. “It’s important to me that I give back to our youth. Kids are our future and I know I can help with making a difference in their lives.”

P.L.A. is an innovative network of charter schools in Indiana that was awarded an unprecedented 10 charters that will ultimately enable them to serve more than 10,000 students annually in grades K-8. The network includes a longer school day and school year; two instructors per classroom; and a blended learning model to rapidly grow the academic skills of its scholars who are drawn primarily from some of the most impoverished neighborhoods of Indianapolis.

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