LWC Football Partners with Adair County Schools and Businesses on National Child ID Program
Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2014 [11:23 AM]
Members of the LWC football program, Adair County Schools and
businesses launch the National Child Identification Program in
Adair County at
Adair County Primary Center. Back row, from left: Darrell
Overstreet of Key
Mortgage Co. Inc.; First & Farmers Bank President Ann Martin;
Adair County Elementary
School Principal Steve Burton; LWC football coach Chris Oliver;
Adair County Primary
Center Principal Patty Jones; Dana Harmon of Pyles Excavating; and
LWC assistant coach
Mike Gutelius. Also supporting the program is Duo County Telecom
and Golden Rule-Wilson
Real Estate & Auction. Joining the group is Parker Bonifer, a
fourth-grader at Adair County
Elementary School who will participate in the
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
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
"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
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.
For more information about the National Child Identification
Program, go to: http://bit.ly/afcaNCIDP