Indianapolis has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country for a city of its size. Now, the left tackle who protected Peyton Manning’s blind side from 1997 to 2006 is now in a role to ensure lower dropout rates and connecting with Indianapolis’s middle and high school students to change this trend.
Tarik Glenn originally from Cleveland, Ohio attended Oakland high school in California as well as University of California and then became the 1997 round one draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts. Tarik had three Pro-Bowl appearances in consecutive years starting in 2004 through 2006. He played 154 games and recovered one fumble. Tarik was known for his size(6’5″, 332 pounds), athletic agility and his diversity.
Glenn founded the non-profit organization Dream Alive with his wife Maya in 2001. Dream Alive meets the youth in Indianapolis Public School District and connects them with meaningful relationships and character building experiences so that they can learn to dream again. Glenn still maintains an active and close relationship with the Colts and the National Football League both of which are key supporters of Dream Alive.
When Glenn retired from the Colts, he was very serious in his deliberations about leaving the game behind as a Super Bowl champion. He headlines the inner city youth in Indianapolis as a “Super Guy” that made a clear difference and continues to pave the way towards increasing high school graduation rates in Indianapolis while also rooting for his teammates and scholars on and off the field.