The LWC football program, Adair County Schools and Columbia-Adair County businesses launch the National Child ID Program
COLUMBIA, Ky, -- The Lindsey Wilson College football program became the first collegiate football program in Kentucky Tuesday to promote a national program designed to help protect children.
LWC football coaches, Columbia-Adair County business leaders and Adair County Schools officials came together Tuesday morning at Adair County Primary Center to kick off the National Child Identification Program in Adair County.
The program was created in 1997 by the American Football Coaches Association to help protect America's youth and reduce the number of missing children. Since the program's inception, more than 14 million ID kits have been distributed, making the NCIDP the largest child-identification effort.
Through the LWC effort, all Adair County schoolchildren from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade at Adair County Primary Center and Adair County Elementary School will receive a free ID kit that will be given to their parents or guardians. Parents and guardians will record a child's fingerprints and physical characteristics on a card they will keep at home.
"The samples will stay at the parents' or guardians' place of residence -- they don't turn it into a database -- so that if they are ever involved in a missing-child case, they can hand the samples to authorities to help with the search," said LWC football coach Chris Oliver.
Oliver said that more than 1,340 free kits will be distributed this month to Adair County schoolchildren. The kits were purchased with money donated by area businesses Duo County Telecom, First & Farmers National Bank, Golden Rule-Wilson Real Estate & Auction, Key Mortgage Co. Inc. and Pyles Excavating.
"This is something we've wanted to do ever since we heard about it at the American Football Coaches Association's national convention," Oliver said. "Fortunately, we were able to have those five local sponsors come on board and make it a reality for Adair County."
Oliver said that community involvement is a cornerstone of the Blue Raiders' football program.
"We want to reach out and have an impact on the people around us in Columbia-Adair County," Oliver said. "We want to develop men of character in our program, and part of that is giving back to others. … Hopefully we never have a spot where we need one of these kits, but we are glad that we can offer this program to the families of Adair County."
In 2013, the LWC football program received the NAIA Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Team Award. The prestigious award is given to a team in each NAIA sport that demonstrates integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.