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 si...