INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 15, 2015)-- About 500 young men packed the auditorium at Arsenal Tech High School Friday afternoon. They had no idea who would sit on the all-male panel during the assembly. To their surprise, the all-star line up included Arsenal Tech alum and comedian Mike Epps, former Colts player Gary Brackett and current Colts Dwayne Allen and Jonathan Newsome.
IMPD Chief Rick Hite also discussed interacting with local law enforcement.
The group heard from the men about the adversities they overcame to reach success and the importance of education.
"You don't have to be a comedian, a police officer or a professional athlete to be successful. That they have everything they need right inside their mind to be successful. All they have to do is take advantage of school," said Colts tight end Dwayne Allen.
The students even heard from a local ex-convict who spent 20 years behind bars for murder. He talked to the young men about making smart choices. The theme for the assembly was "Making the Right Play in Life."
"Everybody has their own path what you do can put yourself down that path. So you can make the right decision or the wrong decision," said student Kahleal Willis.
At the end of the program each of the students received four tickets to a Indiana Pacers game. The Indianapolis Colts also contributed paraphernalia to hand out to the students.