Our grandson, Joshua, is pictured in the lower right with a scout shirt on. He is the one with a black shirt underneath. Mom and Dad enjoyed the NFL Experience and Zipline along with Joshua. They all had a GREAT afternoon and evening.
Indianapolis — The air was brisk, but the sun was shining as about two dozen Boy Scouts from two Lebanon troops took in their surroundings at the corner of Georgia Street and Capitol Avenue in Indianapolis Friday afternoon.They, along with scores of other Hoosiers and visitors, had poured into the heart of the city and stood on the edge of the Super Bowl Village for the opening ceremonies for Super Bowl XLVI. The young men from Lebanon weren’t just there to observe the festivities — they stood by to assist with the ribbon-cutting officially kicking off the 10-day event.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard elicited a roar from the crowd when he greeted everyone with the words, “Welcome to the epicenter of awesome!” A rhythmic cadence from the Arsenal Tech Drum Line added to the festive feel of the afternoon, before host committee representatives joined the mayor and other dignitaries in cutting a long yellow ribbon supported on one end by the Scouts, as the church bells downtown tolled 3 p.m.
At that moment, the first four zipliners zoomed out of the tower a block away and glided overhead to cheers from onlookers below.
“I thought it was very funny and cool how they came down on the zipline,” said Garrett Rowe, a sixth-grader at Lebanon Middle School and a member of Boy Scout Troop No.. 359. “It’s cool how we got to be down here.”
Tommy Wagner, a fifth-grader from Harney, from Boy Scout Troop No. 370, was excited to be amid all the activity leading up to a Super Bowl that will feature his dad’s favorite team – the Giants.
The Lebanon group didn’t rush back to their vans right after the ceremony they took in the sites of the village, and many stood in line for a chance to ride the zipline.
Troop No. 359 Leader John Hawkins was happy to spend the afternoon at the event with his troop.
“They’re enjoying it,” he said, “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime (opportunity) for them”.