Colts, United Way and Indiana Wesleyan University unveil Colts-themed fitness room at Riverside Park

Punter Pat McAfee and teammates host ribbon cutting as part of NFL’s league-wide “Hometown Huddle” events

For over 40 years, the NFL and United Way have partnered to strengthen communities across America. Today, October 20, 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 Riverside Park and Family Center 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.

Colts punter Pat McAfee and a few of his teammates, along with representatives from UWCI, Indy Parks and Indiana Wesleyan University, unveiled the new fitness room during a special ribbon cutting ceremony.

The room is now painted to resemble the Colts locker room and features new flooring, fitness equipment, mirrors and Colts memorabilia. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Colts players joined youth from Riverside Park and Family Center 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 seventh 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 and Lilly Boys & Girls Club.

Hometown Huddle is just one of many ways the Colts have partnered with United Way to improve our community. For a sixth 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 givers and gifts of at least $150. For more information on this effort, visit