Clayton

12th Annual Clayton Family Circle of Honor Induction

Knights and Knights Fans— We have some exciting news... We are back in person for the 2021 Clayton Family Circle of Honor dinner!! 

You do not want to miss reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, or hearing the amazing stories from our honoree, Chris Ballard of the Indianapolis Colts. Read all about Chris's accomplishments below. We hope you are excited as we are to honor both Chris and Marian University's amazing student athletes who have risen above it all in a year like no other. This won't be an event to miss. 

Check out the videos that debuted during the 2020 event:

Event schedule

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Location: Marian University Arena and Convocation Center

5:30 p.m. Doors Open
6 p.m. Program and Dinner

2021 Clayton Family Circle of Honor Emcee
Larra Overton

Larra Overton headshot

Larra Overton appears across Colts media platforms as producer, host, and reporter for Colts Productions. She joined the team in July 2019 after five years at Fox59 WXIN and CBS 4 WTTV in Indianapolis, most recently as sports reporter and anchor.

In addition to her various roles with the Colts, Larra also works as a track and field analyst and sideline reporter for USATF, ESPN, and BTN.

Larra grew up in New Albany, Indiana and attended Indiana University where she was a captain on the track and field and cross country teams, competing in multiple NCAA Championships. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and master’s in Sport Communication from IU, she began her broadcasting career as an associate producer at Fox41 WDRB in her hometown market of Louisville, KY.

Larra made her reporting debut for Big Ten Network, covering Indiana and Purdue football. Her career took her to WTWO in Terre Haute, IN as the weekend sports anchor and sports reporter, before moving to Indianapolis to work in various roles for the Indiana Pacers, Fox Sports, and the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

A proud Indy resident since 2010, Larra can often be found running and competing in local road races, walking with her English Mastiff, Tugboat, or biking with her husband, Dan. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @larraoverton.

2021 Clayton Family Circle of Honor Inductee
Chris Ballard

Chris Ballard Headshot

Chris Ballard is entering his 21st NFL season and his fifth with the Colts as general manager where he oversees all football operations.

The Colts have reached the NFL postseason in two of the last three seasons, including an AFC Wild Card appearance in 2020 following an 11-5 regular season record. Last year, Indianapolis was one of just four teams to finish in the top 10 in overall defense (eighth) and offense (10th). The Colts also tied for the most Associated Press All-Pro selections (six) and First-Team All-Pro choices. In 2020, Indianapolis’ offense ranked ninth in points per game while the offensive line tied for the second-fewest sacks allowed. Defensively, the Colts registered their third consecutive top-10 run defense (2018-20), marking the first time the team has accomplished that feat since 1975-77.

Ballard was named the 2018 NFL Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America after the team finished with a 10-6 record and reached the Divisional Playoff Round. The Colts 2018 draft class was pivotal for the franchise, as the Colts were selected as the winners of the Best NFL Draft Award by Inside the League. Indianapolis’ draft class was headlined by Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard, who joined Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers as the second pair of rookie teammates to be selected First Team All-Pro since 1940. Ballard also earned the Pro Football Writers of America Jack Horrigan Award in 2020, which is given to a league or club official for his or her qualities to help pro football writers do their job.

Before arriving in Indianapolis, Ballard held a variety of roles in his time with the Kansas City Chiefs (2013-16) and Chicago Bears (2001-12). He also coached at Texas A&M - Kingsville for seven seasons (1994-2000).

Ballard and his wife Kristin reside in Westfield, Indiana with their five children. The family is active in the community and have worked with Books for Youth, Hands of Hope, Habitat for Humanity, Make-A-Wish and Gleaners Food Bank.


Guest Safety

This year the Clayton Family Circle of Honor dinner will look a little different than 2019 as we work to ensure attendee safety but still bring that Marian Knights magic to the evening.  

Things to know before attending:

  • Pursuant to federal, state, and local guidelines, masks are strongly encouraged for unvaccinated attendees.
  • Stay home if you are sick, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. 

If you plan to attend, please keep in mind the CDC recommendations on how to keep yourself and others healthy: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:

Ascension St. Vincent

Program Sponsor:

Colts Logo



Sponsorship Opportunities

Dinner Sponsor

  • Recognition on signage and digital sponsorship display at the event
  • Recognition in the printed program and marian.edu/clayton website
  • Six reserved parking spots
  • One table of six* with preferred placement
  • $50,000

Banner Sponsor

  • Your company name/logo on banners celebrating Marian University athletes displayed during the event
  • Recognition in the printed program, on digital sponsorship display at the event
  • marian.edu/clayton website recognition
  • One table of six* with preferred placement
  • $25,000

Giveaway Sponsor

  • Opportunity to have a company labeled item at each seat (Number TBD)
  • Recognition in the printed program on digital sponsorship display at the event
  • marian.edu/clayton website recognition
  • One table of six*
  • $10,000 – exclusive
  • $5,000 – 2 unique company giveaways

Video Sponsor

  • Recognition for the Clayton video(s) debuting during the event
  • Recognition in the printed program and on digital sponsorship display at the event
  • marian.edu/clayton website recognition
  • One table of six*
  • $7,500

Knights Fan Table Sponsor

  • Recognition in printed program and digital sponsorship display at the event
  • marian.edu/clayton website recognition
  • One table of six* with preferred placement and the opportunity for a future meet and greet with a coach of your favorite sport
  • $5,000

Table Sponsor (unlimited available)

  • Recognition in printed program
  • One table of six*
  • $2,500

Individual Ticket

  • $250

Gifts can be fulfilled over a three- to five-year span. While gifts are tax deductible, the fair market value of each seat/individual ticket is $100.

*Table size may change based on venue, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and health department recommendations.

Questions? Contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at RSVPClayton@marian.edu or call (317) 955-6717.

The Clayton Family Circle of Honor

The Clayton Family Circle of Honor was created in part to honor, but also to inspire. Joseph Clayton (1949-2018) and his wife, Janet, agreed to lend their names to these awards because they believed in the character-building qualities associated with athletics in a university community. At Marian University, the faith tradition and values are activated in many ways, including athletics. On the fields and courts of competition, student-athletes learn respect, fair play, and teamwork. These values carry over into all areas of their lives: personal relationships, careers, parenthood, and community service.

For more information

Laura Peterson
(317) 955-6717
RSVPClayton@marian.edu

#MUClayton2021