INDIANAPOLIS – Once again, he was holding courts somewhere far outside the field.
Chatting it up with fans as if he’d known them for years, Pat McAfee greeted the many who came to his most recent charity event at Sullivan’s Steakhouse on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.
His personality-which has shown up in a number of outlets since arriving in the city in 2009 as the Colts’ punter-continued to shine among those who arrive for his most recent charity event.
“They are the backbone of our team. They are what makes us tick,” said McAfee of Colts’ fans-including the dozens for his “Red, White and Boomstick” event Friday evening. “Without them, we are literally nothing and here in Indianapolis we try to prove that as much as possible.”
“So whenever you get to a chance to chit-chat with somebody who is a season ticket holder or a fan in general, it’s always good to let them know that we appreciate them greatly.”
In many ways this cocktail party was the chance for McAfee to do the same for another group of fans that are very close to his heart: The men and women who serve in the military.
“My older brother’s best friend was in the military,” said McAfee. “After you meet a couple of military guys to see what they go though, some wounded vets, you really realize how big of a thing they do and how little of a game football is, how little many of the problems are.”
So McAfee through his own charitable organization organized the event at Sullivan’s to provide support not just for the military members but also themselves. Money raised from the event goes to TPMF Scholarships-which gives money for college scholarships to the children of men and women in the armed services.
McAfee has received support in his efforts from his father Tim in hopes of improving the future of military families.
“Whenever a vet goes over to serve, he’s not the only one serving. The family misses out on the parents or a brother or a sister. That’s why taking care of the families was such a big deal to my father and I,” said McAfee. “I’m so excited to get The Pat McAfee Organization going. This is the first event, hopefully there will be many more to come.
“It’s been a lot of fun, it’s been a blast.”
Especially the support he got to raise money from business and professional athletes in Indianapolis. Donations came not only from his Colts’ teammates but also the Pacers’ Paul George and Roy Hibbert to auction off to raise money for his foundation and TPMF Scholarships.
“That is once again the Hoosiers Hospitality. People from Indiana take care of each other,” said McAfee. “I’m so grateful for this night.”
So are a lot of fans-especially those who serve.