INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the new school year in full swing, Comcast is re-launching Internet Essentials, the nation's largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative for low-income families. U.S. Congressman Andre Carson, NFL great Tony Dungy and Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen, along with civic and community leaders, today kicked off the program's third year and announced that, in about two years, more than 250,000 families, benefiting an estimated 1 million low-income Americans nationwide, now have a broadband connection at home. This includes nearly 800 families in Indianapolis, and nearly 5,500 across Indiana.
Today, Dungy returned to his adopted home of Indianapolis for a special town hall discussion at the LeGore Boys and Girls Club. In addition to an inspiring leadership message, he spoke to an audience of youth and special guests on bridging Indiana's digital divide and made a special announcement about what he and Comcast are doing to close this divide. Comcast also gave away notebook computers to several deserving youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis.
Dungy used the occasion to announce the Dungy Family Foundation will donate 50 Internet Essentials opportunity cards to four community partners, for a total of 200 cards, enabling more Indianapolis families to be connected to the Internet.
Dungy, the Super Bowl-winning former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, leads the Dungy Family Foundation in Tampa, Fla., which strengthens, sustains and empowers communities by providing opportunities to those in need, opportunities like the ones provided through Internet Essentials."Internet Essentials can have a game-changing impact on education and the lives of young people," said Dungy. "It really levels the playing field for those that might not have the opportunities they deserve just because they never had access to the tools and resources that drive success in today's technologically advanced world."