INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - We all know that Peyton Manning is a winner on the field, but off the field it's his philanthropy that will be remembered. From the PeyBack Foundation to Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent, No. 18 has left his mark on Indianapolis.
Perhaps the most visible evidence of his legacy is the children's hospital that bears his name. Even the children treated there are aware of the impact of the facility's namesake.
Sweet, soft-spoken Shannon Lawler is battling hereditary spastic paraplegia, a neurological condition that sent the teenager to Peyton Manning Children's hospital. The staff helped ease severe muscle pain. And Shannon is grateful for the treatment she's received at the hospital that carries the name of her hero.
What does she admire?
"His generosity toward the city, not just playing football but also giving back to the city," she said.
So Wednesday's announcement begs the question: Will Manning take that generosity elsewhere - forgetting the Hoosier home he once knew? At a noon press conference, Manning made it clear that the answer to that question is no.
"It's a separation, a departure from the Colts, but not the city of Indianapolis," he replied after being asked about the continuation of his charitable work in Indiana.
Executives at the hospital that bears his name made clear the Manning moniker will remain.
"This will be the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital for many, many, many years to come," said St. Vincent CEO Vincent Caponi.
But what about Mannings many other charitable endeavors? The PeyBack Bowl, where stars from the sports and entertainment world give their time and memorabilia an auction, supports the PeyBack Foundation, which offers numerous programs for disadvantaged children. And Manning's annual PeyBack Classic kicks off the high school football season every August, giving hundreds of athletes a chance to play in a professional stadium.
So will the Peyton Manning philanthropic legacy continue in Indy? Wednesday Manning posted the following message on his foundation's web site: "The PeyBack Foundation will continue to support youth-based organizations in Indiana, Tennessee and Louisiana through our grants and programs and we are excited about what the future has in store.
"Thank you to all my fans for the continued support over the years."
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