October 18, 2016
For over forty years, the NFL and United Way have partnered to strengthen communities across America. On Tuesday, October 18, the Colts continued that partnership locally by teaming up with United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) to host the annual Hometown Huddle event, presented by Indiana Wesleyan University.
For this year’s event, the Colts and Indiana Wesleyan University helped create a fitness room at Finish Line Boys & Girls Club as part of the NFL’s PLAY 60 initiative, which encourages youth to be active at least 60 minutes each day. The Colts-themed fitness room will be used by local youth each week to provide them with a fun and safe place to be active indoors.
This year, Colts long snapper Matt Overton is the United Way LIVE UNITED Ambassador. Overton and a few of his teammates, along with representatives from UWCI, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis and Indiana Wesleyan University, unveiled the new fitness room during a special ribbon cutting ceremony.
The room is painted to resemble the Colts locker room and features new fitness equipment, mirrors and Colts memorabilia. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Colts players and cheerleaders joined youth from Finish Line Boys & Girls Club to get active in the new fitness zone by participating in fitness activities.
The renovations were made possible through contributions from the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Wesleyan University, The NFL Foundation, Fathead and Sherwin-Williams.
This is the eighth consecutive year the Colts and UWCI have renovated a fitness room as a part of their Hometown Huddle event – previous renovations include the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Keenan-Stahl Boys & Girls Club, LeGore Boys & Girls Club, Christamore House, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Lilly Boys & Girls Club and Riverside Park and Family Center.
Hometown Huddle is just one of many ways the Colts have partnered with United Way to improve our community. For a seventh year, the Colts developed a strategic push to expand UWCI's donor base using mass appeals that promote giving by offering incentives to attract new donors and increased gifts. Learn more
Jessica Di Santo
United Way of Central Indiana
James "Rick" Whitten
Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis