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Turning Point searching for biggest Colts fan

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Do you paint your face blue before Sunday trips to Lucas Oil Stadium?

Are you your friends’ top source when it comes to Indianapolis Colts trivia?

Do you dream of Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton touchdowns?

If so, Turning Point Domestic Violence Services is looking for you.

Turning Point is seeking Shelby County’s biggest Colts fan.

The organization is running a contest that started Sunday and runs until the end of the Sept. 30 game. Local Colts fans are encouraged to submit a video up to 30 seconds long and post it on the Turning Point of Shelby County Facebook page that showcases their fandom. The Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/tpdvshelby/.

The winner gets the opportunity to meet former Colts player Robert Mathis, who will speak at this year’s Touchdown Tuesday, as well as a VIP ticket to the event, which is scheduled for Nov. 13.

“(Touchdown Tuesday is) always so much fun,” Amber Knopp of the Shelby County location said. “We’ve been trying to think about ways to promote the event, to bring awareness to the event and to the organization and domestic violence and our prevention efforts. We thought it would be a fun way to promote the event and get more people involved and get more attendance.”

Voters are required to “like” Turning Point’s Shelby County Facebook page before they can “like” their favorite submission. The deadline to vote on the videos arrives at the end of the Oct. 14 game. The winner will be announced the following week.

The winner of the contest will have his or her photo taken with Mathis, attend the Touchdown Tuesday dinner and participate in the Q&A session.

“If it goes well, we would love to do it every year just to show support for the Colts and get more followers of the organization,” Knopp said.

There are no requirements to show off fandom, other than all submissions must be appropriate and should come from Shelby County residents, she said. Family members of Turning Point employees are not eligible.

“We’re just hoping that people come up with creative ideas,” she said. “I think it’ll be fun.”

Tickets are on sale for this year’s Touchdown Tuesday. This month, VIP tickets are 50 percent off at $60 apiece on the website, which can be found at www.turningpointdv.org/events.