INDIANAPOLIS – IndyGo, the public transportation system of Indianapolis, will receive boxes of hand sanitizer and 1000 masks as a donation through a partnership between former Indianapolis Colts, Hall of Famer Edgerrin James and Super Bowl Champion Reggie Wayne, former NFL player Bryant McKinnie and ProKel Mobility CEO, Kelly Gonzalez, Jr.
“People forget about bus operators and public transportation workers that are on the front line every day to get people to doctors, the grocery store and other places,” said Kelly Gonzalez, Jr., ProKel Mobility CEO. “They come into contact with many people throughout the day and are some of our frontline heroes.”
“IndyGo serves low-income, elderly, disabled, and transit dependent people that rely on us to access employment, services, and resources to sustain themselves and their families.” said Roscoe Brown, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation. “To maintain these essential services and protect our operators and riders it’s important to have the proper protection and these donations will ensure we have the materials available.”
McKinnie and Gonzalez are leading multiple campaigns with NFL players in partnership with the Professional Football Players Mothers Association (PFPMA), the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and ProKel Mobility to organize donations to over 20 non-profits across the United States including nursing homes, frontline essential workers, low income support organizations, hospitals and food banks. To date over $6.9 million has been raised nationwide for Covid-19 relief by way of the NFL, its affiliates, current/past players, business partners and individuals.
“My heart has always been in Indy and I am happy that people like Reggie, Bryant and Kelly are working with me to support the city and its frontline workers like they did when I played,” said NFL Hall of Fame Running Back Edgerrin James. “IndyGo is the heartbeat of the city and we need to make sure the drivers and passengers are as safe as possible.”
As IndyGo returns to regular weekday service on June 1, riders are asked to continue to leave space between themselves and other riders whenever possible, and to wear a face covering onboard if they are able. Learn more about IndyGo’s response to the coronavirus at indygo.net/health.
Kelmerica is a conglomerate of companies that started as a business development and consulting group in the South Florida area. While continuing that mission, it has diversified into public transportation (ProKel Mobility), telecommunications (KelTelCom), medical and PPE product distribution (KelSupply), and most recently a hand sanitizer line. The hand sanitizer line is KelPure and is made in a South Florida newly converted FDA registered plant as business models pivoted during the Covid-19 pandemic. Visit KelMerica.com for information or KelPure.com for information on the new sanitizer product.
IndyGo, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, is committed to connecting the community to economic and cultural opportunities through safe, reliable, and accessible mobility experiences. The IndyGo Red Line is the nation’s first fully-battery electric bus rapid transit line, besides California, and provides 10-15 minute service to an average of 7,000 trips per day through the heart of Indianapolis. To learn more, visit our website, follow us on Twitter @IndyGoBus, or call 317.635.3344.