INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts, United Way of Central Indiana and Indiana Wesleyan University revealed a new Colts-themed fitness room on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center in Indianapolis as part of the NFL's league-wide "Hometown Huddle" day of service.
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center (MRNC), a United Way agency, exists to improve the lives of people in the southwest community of Indianapolis through assistance, opportunity and education. MRNC assists families in strengthening their own lives and increasing independence though innovative services, activities, training, and enrichment opportunities. The center provides after-school programs for students from five different Indianapolis schools and establishes a good source of stability and leadership for the kids. The Colts-themed room will be used by many local youth each week to provide them with a fun and safe place to be active indoors.
Colts RB Dan Herron and LS Matt Overton along with representatives from United Way of Central Indiana, Indiana Wesleyan University and Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Colts players and Blue led the kids through several fitness stations in an effort to promote the NFL's PLAY 60 message, which encourages youth to get 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The room, which had been transformed from a rarely-used stage in the gymnasium, is now painted to resemble the Colts locker room and features new flooring, fitness equipment, a mirrored wall, an interactive video game system with a flat screen TV and Colts memorabilia.
Renovations to the fitness room were made possible through contributions from the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Wesleyan University, NFL Charities, Pro Industries, Carmel Glass and Mirror, Fathead and Sherwin-Williams.
This event was the fifth consecutive year the Colts and United Way of Central Indiana have renovated a fitness room as a part of their "Hometown Huddle" event – previous renovations include the Keenan Stahl Boys and Girls Club, LeGore Boys and Girls Club, Christamore House and Kaleidoscope Youth Center.
About Colts Community Tuesdays
During the regular NFL season, Tuesday is the only day off players receive. As a result, the Colts utilize every Tuesday to engage their players in various charitable events and programs throughout Central Indiana. From schools and hospital visits to blood drives and holiday outreach, Colts players participate in a wide variety of "Community Tuesday" activities throughout the season. Follow the Colts throughout the community @coltscommunity on Twitter and Colts in the Community on Facebook. For more information on all of the Colts outreach efforts, visit www.colts.com/community.
ABOUT NFL PLAY 60
The PLAY 60 campaign was launched in 2007 by the NFL and its 32 teams to address the growing childhood obesity issues in America. Through a variety of public service announcements, events, youth football camps and more, the league hopes to help increase the activity levels of youth across the United States. For more information, visit www.nflplay60.com.
About Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church, which has its world headquarters in Indianapolis. The University was founded in 1920 and is committed to liberal arts and professional education. Almost 3,300 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the University's residential campus in Marion. Another 12,500 adult learners attend classes at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and online. For more information, visit indwes.edu.
About Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center (MRNC) is a leading social service organization located on the southwest side of Indianapolis. In an area of the city where the challenges of poverty, under-education, and unemployment are very real, MRNC assists families in strengthening their own lives and increasing independence though innovative services, activities, training, and enrichment opportunities. Founded in 1911, the center is named after Mary Rigg, a long-time center director and one of Indiana's first licensed social workers. MRNC is a United Way agency which provides resources and opportunities to over 8,000 individuals and families each year. To learn more, visit maryrigg.org