Saints WR Colston helps inspire troubled kids

Sep 24, 2012

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston doesn't just inspire on the field. He's also an inspiration to a group of teens who've worked to turn around their troubled lives.

Colston's partnered with WAT-AHH!, a New York-based bottled water company geared toward making kids live healthier lives, and AMIkids Inc., a not-for-profit with juvenile justice and alternative education programs in nine states, including Louisiana. Most teenagers in the program are dealing with issues ranging from low self-esteem to criminal records. But Colston says their problems don't define them and they're examples of how "you can take adversity and beat it head on."

Colston set up a meet-and-greet with some of his teammates before Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs for 12 winners of an essay contest sponsored by WAT-AAH!.