Nathan Palmer, a wide receiver with the Indianapolis Colts, was the man of the hour at city hall Monday night.
Mayor Dick Moore began Monday’s city council meeting by honoring the Elkhart Central High School graduate and recognizing his efforts to establish an annual youth football camp in Elkhart.
Palmer’s youth camp attracted about 60 children on June 22.
Moore told Palmer that while his work in the NFL is something to be proud of, “being a mentor and a role model is something many of us — and the kids — will always remember.”
Palmer said he had been eager to return to Elkhart and help inspire children to “dream big.”
“I’m looking forward to doing it every year,” he said.
Councilman Rod Roberson, recalling the days Palmer played drums at Community Missionary Baptist Church, gave a tip of the hat to Palmer’s parents, Joe and Fern.
“They instilled things in him that creates a spirit that says ‘this is what we should be about with our kids,’ ” Roberson said.