This month KSN is honoring those who have made an impact on Black History.
Alvin Allen’s family wanted to enrich their kids through sports, and they have created a lasting legacy through a team that has boasted winning tradition.
The team, the Wichita Colts, has seen more than 500 children participate.
“Six, seven, eight championships in a row, I mean it’s just, it was kind of like what the Patriots are doing now. It was just kind of expected,” said Larry Allen, former Wichita Colts coach.
But before the Colts became what they are today, the team started with a dream from the Allen family.
The goal was to help get kids off the streets.
Alvin Allen created the Colts in 1964 with all of his boys getting involved.
“There was no question about it. I was going to play for my dad,” said Ron Allen, Alvin’s son.
For Larry Allen, that commitment to football remained in his blood up to college, and in 1975, he found his way back to the Sunflower State and onto the sideline as a coach with the team that started it all and coaching some big names.
“We got Randall, we got Leon and we got Barry. I’ve got tons of other guys that I haven’t gotten their pictures up yet,” said Larry Allen.
For 14 years, the cycle of winning became the norm, but it was the legacy of hard work and commitment their dad instilled in them that transferred to the field.
“The guys were dedicated to the cause. We trained 12 months out of the year.”
“All I ever knew growing up was the Wichita Colts,” said Stephen McGill, former Wichita Colts player.
FIfty plus years later, the team Alvin Allen built continues to thrive. A team molded from the desires of a man simply seeking to serve his community.
“Even if it’s not making it to the NFL, it’s always something positive that comes out of that brotherhood of football, especially with the Wichita Colts,” said Stephen McGill.
“He paved the way and he made things a lot easier and better for the next generation of coaches to come through. And he made things a lot easier for coaches and guys to come through a program like that,” said Ron Allen.