Originally written on The Blue Mare  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Speaking to the exclusive female fan group of the Indianapolis Colts, tight end Dwayne Allen tells the Blue Ladies how he became involved with the Dream Alive foundation. Dwayne Allen could have been one of those kids. Raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina by a single mom who gave birth to his oldest sister at age 12, he is the youngest of seven kids. His mother, who he calls “one of the strongest females I’ve ever known,” worked hard to provide for her family. Still, raising five girls and two boys takes more than strength. It takes a village. And sometimes, the village was the problem. Allen was led astray early on. He got into trouble with the law. And he was sent to an alternative high school because of it. There, Allen attended classes with students who had committed crimes much more egregious than his. But it was during the second week of his freshman year that everything changed. The head football coach approached him and asked if he played football. Allen’s response, “No sir, I’m a basketball player.” He thought that was the end of it. Until the man returned a few minutes later with something that would change his life forever…a ten dollar bill. “He tells me, ‘You can take this ten dollars and go buy a pack of dope or you can take this ten dollars and go get a physical and I’ll see you at practice on Monday.’” Allen said his coach was the first guy to ever invest in him. It wasn’t until his senior year, after becoming a star player for the Terry Sanford Bulldogs, that he asked him why. The coach, who is more like a dad to him now, described it like this… “When I saw you walking the halls, I saw someone who was in trouble. It was my job, not only as a head football coach but as a Christian, to help that troubled youth out and lead him down the right path.” And it all came full circle in 2012, when Dwayne Allen was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. He attended a workshop on starting a foundation, hosted by former Colt Tarik Glenn. Glenn used his foundation, Dream Alive as an example. Allen was interested immediately. “His story was very similar to mine. And it felt like something that I wanted to be a part of.” As a young player, Dwayne Allen has taken an active role in the Indianapolis community, specifically with troubled youth. It’s something he can relate to, drawing on his own experience. And that of someone else, his mother. “That’s something she instilled in me early on. Whenever you get in a position to give back and whenever you get a platform where it can be heard, then speak as loud as you can.” Dream Alive sees potential in troubled kids. Potential Dwayne Allen is still fulfilling himself. His goal is simple: to be the greatest. He’s off to a great start. Both on the field…and off. The post From troubled follower to community leader…the path of Colts tight end Dwayne Allen appeared first on The Blue Mare.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Report: Alex Smith out Week 17 with lacerated spleen

Belichick: Garoppolo has better understanding of NFL

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Lionel Hollins: 'Honored and blessed to coach Kevin Garnett'

Curt Schilling gives Johnny Manziel advice on Twitter

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

Andre Johnson willing to take pay cut with Texans?

Mets star David Wright reaches out to sons of slain NYPD officer

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

Mark Richt confirms Todd Gurley will leave UGA for NFL

Frank Gore: Colin Kaepernick is 'not broke'

The story of Morgan Bulkeley and birth of National League

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things the world learned about the NBA on Christmas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Year's most notable sports media stories

'Roberto Gronkowski wishes fans Feliz Navidad

Are the Seahawks back on track?

Wright reaches out to slain officer's sons

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Dan Le Batard sums up Miami's relationship with LeBron

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.