Marian University to Honor Andrew Luck, Steve Downing at Clayton Event

by Mark Apple | Dec 10, 2014

Since 2010, Marian University has honored an impressive list of local and national sports figures at the annual Clayton Family Circle of Honor and Wall of Fame Induction Dinner. Next year, the sixth annual celebration will see two more join the group. On April 23, 2015 Marian University will welcome Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck and Marian University Director of Athletics Steve Downing into the Clayton Family Circle of Honor at a reception and dinner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Luck was named the AFC’s offensive player of the month for November after completing 
88-of 144 passes for 1,280 yards, 12 touchdowns, and two interceptions for a 112.0 passer rating, leading the Colts to a 3-1 record in the month. Luck’s statistics as a quarterback are impressive but, in just three short years, he has also made a lasting impression on Indianapolis. As the spokesperson for Riley Hospital Change the Play, Luck encourages kids to challenge themselves to make better choices when it comes to food and exercise. He also serves as a board member for the Indy Public Safety Foundation and serves as a co-spokesperson for the “COLTSTRONG, LIBRARYSTRONG” campaign for the Marion County Public Libraries.  “Andrew has made it very clear by his actions that he believes in the health and well-being of the youth of Indianapolis,” Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener said.  “His work on and off the field make him the ideal honoree for induction into Marian University’s Clayton Family Circle of Honor.” 

Downing, an Indianapolis native who starred on the basketball court at Washington High School, Indiana University, and the Boston Celtics, will also join the Clayton Class of 2015. “I’m humbled by the accolade,” Downing said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Marian University, and am truly honored that the university has chosen to recognize me in this way.”  Downing has guided the Marian University athletic department for three years and, while the success on the fields and courts of competition is important, it’s Downing’s guidance in the classroom to the more than 400 student-athletes that sets him apart. Downing, alongside his wife Doris, leads study hall table twice a week and demands attention to school work. He also serves as a  board member for the Christamore House, where he provides guidance as a role model and community leader to the youth of Indianapolis. 

Marian University created the Clayton Family Circle of Honor Awards to showcase the achievements of others and provide scholarship funds to student-athletes who will become the next generation of teachers, coaches, and leaders committed to youth development. The event will once again be held in conjunction with the M-Club Wall of Fame induction ceremony.  It is open to the public and all proceeds of the event go towards athletic scholarships at Marian University. For more information about tickets or sponsorship options, contact Wil Hampton; executive director for athletic events, sponsorships and marketing at

Past Clayton Family Circle of Honor Honorees

2010  Carl Erskine and Jim Morris 
2011  Bill Polian and Barbara S. Wynne
2012  Ray Crowe and Bob Knight 
2013  Katie Douglas and Ed Tinder 
2014  Mark Miles and Chuck Pagano  


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