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Colts Cut Ribbon On Fitness Room At Wheeler-Dowe Boys & Girls Club

As part of the Hometown Huddle, on Tuesday the Colts teamed up with the United Way of Central Indiana to unveil a new fitness room at the Wheeler-Dowe Boys and Girls Club.


"Are you guys ready?" yelled Jimmy Matis, manager of corporate partnerships for the Colts. 


"One more time, are you guys ready?" 


"So happy to be here," he said. "On behalf of the Irsay Family and the Indianapolis Colts, we're really, really excited for you guys to see your new fitness zone." 

But first, they had to acknowledge the teamwork that made it possible. 

"One of our core focuses is on healthy living and really developing our kids' activities and the room that was donated by the Colts is going to help our kids do that," said Rob Hofinger, President of the Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. "So, I want to thank the United Way and the Colts for putting their time and effort into providing this room for us." 

For the ninth consecutive year, the Colts teamed up with the United Way of Central Indiana to renovate a fitness room as part of their Hometown Huddle event.

The Indianapolis Colts partnered with United Way and Indiana Wesleyan University to renovate a room at Wheeler-Dowe Boys & Girls Club. The fitness room includes stations and equipment to support health and fitness activities.

"This is the fifth center that's been built by the Colts and the United Way. So, all five of our facility based clubs now have a Colts fitness center, which is wonderful," said Rick Whitten, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. "These are things that we could not do in our regular budget. It brings hope and opportunity to our kids and that's what the Boys and Girls Clubs are all about."  

It also fits in with the NFL's Play 60 initiative, which encourages kids to get 60 minutes of activity every day. 

"I think it's one thing to talk about being active. It's another thing to put things in place for them to have an outlet to be active," said Colts safety Matthias Farley.   

And that's what they did on Tuesday. 

"On behalf of Indiana Wesleyan, we always believe in new beginnings and when you open those doors and go in and see what's going on in there, it truly will be a new beginning for you guys," said Brad Grubb with Indiana Wesleyan University, Colts partner and sponsor of the Hometown Huddle. 

When they were given the go ahead, the kids gathered in front of the fitness room while Colts players and cheerleaders prepared to cut the ribbon.

And when they did – the kids rushed in to try out the new equipment in their new room, which included weights, stability balls, boxing dummies, mirrors, flooring, and Colts themed décor.

The cheerleaders led dances on the dance floor while the players coached the kids through their workouts. 

"Form is important when you're using weights, so showing them the proper mechanics of a curl or a shoulder shrug or whatever it may be, I think it's really good for them and it's something they can take and build on moving forward," Farley said. 

It's an opportunity for them to build healthy habits – and a safe place for them to do it. 

"Growing up in inner city Cleveland, I didn't have the Browns players come to the Boys and Girls Club to hang out with me," said guard Isaiah Williams. "It's just awesome to be here to see how excited the kids are. That makes my day." 

It was a unique opportunity for the players and the kids. 

Together with their partners, the Colts helped pave the way to a healthier lifestyle for Hoosier kids.

And that's an investment that will pay off for years to come. 

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