For nearly the past 10 years, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has shared his time and money with a children's hospital in the city. Now he's sharing his name.
The St. Vincent Children's Hospital has become Peyton Manning's Children's Hospital at St. Vincent, hospital officials said Wednesday.
Officials said Manning has had a strong public and private relationship with the hospital since he came to the city in 1998. They declined to say how much money the Super Bowl MVP donated to the facility.
"He is not only an extraordinary football athlete, but also a role model who is committed to giving back to children and the community," Vincent C. Caponi, CEO of St. Vincent Health, said. "Peyton Manning Children's Hospital will complement the high quality of pediatric care that is provided to all patients and families throughout Indiana."
The hospital specializes in treating children with complex, chronic or congenital conditions.
Manning, Gov. Mitch Daniels and Manning's father, former NFL quarterback Archie Manning, attended a press conference announcing the name change.
"We're proud of Peyton for a lot of things, but today, I feel like we're witnessing Peyton's greatest moment," Archie Manning said at the event.
Peyton Manning nodded to his profession when describing what it meant to him to have his name attached to the facility.
"In the NFL, the name on the back of the jersey is emblematic of a player's commitment to contribute any way he can to the success of that team. For me, having the name on the front of this building carries with it much the same -- a weighty responsibility to contribute to the many victories ahead here at St. Vincent," he said.
St. Vincent operates one of two children's hospitals in Indianapolis. Clarian Health Partners operates the other -- Riley Hospital for Children.
St. Vincent said Manning's involvement at its children's hospital included his creation of the "True Heroes" program, which provides monthly events and parties for pediatric patients.
He also has made many private visits to St. Vincent patients and families, participated in children's holiday parties, and served as a spokesman for child health and safety initiatives, the hospital said.
The announcement came one day before the Colts' season-opening game
against the New Orleans Saints.
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