NFL star Vinatieri returns to Culver Relay Friday

Organizers of Culver's fourth annual, all-night Relay for Life have confirmed the return of NFL Colts placekicker Adam Vinatieri Friday evening to the event.
Culver Academies student Kyle Blankenship confirmed Vinatieri's return (he was here last April for the 2010 event). Relay launches this Friday, April 15 at Culver Academies' track and football field. The student-organized event includes a host of activities and entertainment, continuing through the night to the conclusion of the event Saturday morning, all aimed at raising funds for the American Cancer Society’s ongoing fight against cancer.
Two-time cancer survivor Paqui Kelly, the wife of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly, shared her story as part of the school’s kick-off, on campus Wednesday afternoon.
Friday night will also bring a fireworks show after dusk provided by Mad Bomber Fireworks Productions.
The schedule for the evening is as follows:
5:30 p.m. Survivor dinner
6 p.m. Registration begins
7 p.m. Opening ceremony
7:30 p.m. Opening survivor lap - Relay begins
8 p.m. Relay’s Got Talent Round 1
Community choir, drill team, bagpipes, Jerry Howard’s Band
8:45 p.m. Jello eating contest
9 p.m. Fight Back Ceremony
9:30 p.m. Relay’s Got Talent
Culver Choir, Dancevision, Bethanni Lewis Band
10:05 p.m. Luminaria ceremony
10:30 p.m. Water balloon toss
10:50 p.m. TAPS
11:15 p.m. Mr. Relay pageant
12 a.m. Flag football
12:30 a.m. Hoola hoop contest
1 a.m. Egg carrying contest
Ultimate frisbee
1:45 a.m. Whipped cream races
2 a.m. Relay’s Got Talent round 3
Patience Durbin, Aidan Kim/Blake Toth, Robbie McKinnis, Kley Reynolds, Trent Sanders, Mrs. Weirich, Winnie Wei
3 a.m. Obstacle race
3:30 a.m. Frozen t-shirt contest
4 a.m. Limbo
4:30 a.m. Step team.
5 a.m. Dance party
5:45 a.m. Closing ceremony
6 a.m. Clean up
The Academies’ Relay For Life is a community event with participation representing the school, the town and Marshall County. Sixty teams have signed up to participate to raise money, awareness, honor victims and their families, and to support cancer survivors.
Fair Oaks Farm in Demotte, Ind., is once again the event sponsor. Fair Oaks is owned and operated by Culver parents Michael and Sue McCloskey.
Donations to the Academies’ Relay For Life may be made online at