**Hometown Huddle Event Celebrates Opening of New Colts-Themed Room
INDIANAPOLIS - For 35 years, the NFL and United Way have partnered to strengthen communities across America. On Tuesday, October 6, the Colts continued that partnership locally by teaming up with United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) to host the annual Hometown Huddle event. For this year's event, the Colts helped renovate a fitness room at the Keenan-Stahl Boys and Girls Club, a United Way agency, as part of the NFL's PLAY 60 initiative, which encourages youth to be active at least 60 minutes each day. The room is used by hundreds of youth each week for a variety of fitness classes.
Colts Linebacker Gary Brackett, along with representatives from UWCI and the Boys & Girls Club, unveiled the new fitness room during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. The renovated room features new fitness equipment, a plasma television, new audio equipment and mirrors, as well as a new paint job. The renovations were made possible through contributions from the Indianapolis Colts, Cook's Glass and Mirror Company, DEEM Electrical, hhgregg, Lanham and Sons, Fatheads and Sherwin-Williams. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Brackett was joined by teammates OG Kyle DeVan and DT Fili Moala to lead some fitness activities for the youth.
This year, Brackett served as a local spokesperson for United Way's national "LIVE UNITED" campaign. Through a variety of public service announcements, billboards, ads and more, Brackett encouraged all Hoosiers to LIVE UNITED by volunteering in their community and helping to make a difference. He was selected to serve as the campaign spokesperson for his ongoing work in the community, as well as his heavy involvement with his IMPACT Foundation, which provides a variety of programs and resources for families affected by cancer.
ABOUT 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.