Lucas, Langdon to take Big Brothers Big Sisters group to private Colts practice

INDIANAPOLIS (May 27) -- Top Fuel teammates Morgan Lucas and Shawn Langdon will make June 2 a memorable day for 40 kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. The two drag racing stars plan to take their special friends to a private practice session with the Indianapolis Colts NFL team, treat them to a lunch, and play a little game of flag football.

"We're going to have some fun," Lucas said. "That's the No. 1 thing. These kids have had some tough times growing up and they don't have the opportunities to do many of the things we take for granted. Well, we're going to take them somewhere very few people get to go and meet some of the best football players in the NFL. It's going to be a really cool deal.

"I feel very strongly that if the greater community at large can make an impact on the lives of these kids, we have an obligation to do that. Lucas Oil has a great relationship with the Colts so this was an event we were able to put together. These kids really look up to these NFL guys so hopefully we're going to make some dreams come true."

Lucas and Langdon also will have a chance to speak to the kids about achieving their goals, realizing their dreams, and the ethics it takes to be successful in modern society.

"Our friend Tonja Eagan, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, once shared with me some of the statistics of the kids that have been through their program versus their peers at school and in their age group that are on their own and it's obvious right away how successful Big Brothers Big Sisters really is," Lucas said. "These kids need positive role models and mentors and Big Brothers Big Sisters provides that for them.

"They also know the importance of family and they work hard to keep that intact when possible. Unfortunately, the reality is many of these kids come from single-parent homes or their parents are forced to work double shifts and two or three jobs to make ends meet. They don't get the chance to just be kids and have some fun.

"Everyone says I act like a big kid so it should be easy to make some new friends and show them a great time."

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