Zionsville Times Sentinel

January 16, 2013

Former Colts player to speak at MLK celebration

By Wade Coggeshall/CNHI News Service
Staff Writer

— Gary Brackett knows a little something about dreaming big and succeeding. The former Indianapolis Colts linebacker and Zionsville resident will share his experiences as the keynote speaker for the 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Indiana Holiday Celebration at the Statehouse Thursday, Jan. 17.

“We are honored to have Gary at the program to share the influence Dr. King has had on his life,” Jamal Smith, Indiana Civil Rights Commission’s executive director, said in a statement. “His rise to one of the best defensive players in the NFL is truly inspiring.”

“I’m excited. I do a lot of speaking around town,” Brackett said. “I especially like the opportunity to speak with youth, give them some motivation.”

He plans to talk about the importance of service, something Brackett does through his Impact Foundation, as well as aspiring to have a dream and seeing it through. Several Indianapolis school children will be in attendance for the program.

“Hopefully, I can inspire them,” Brackett said.

See Wednesday's paper for the full story.