Irsay Family Donates Gift to Rename YMCA at CityWay

September 13, 2016

Donation allows the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis to continue to enrich lives and improve the quality of life in our community.

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis announced a very special partnership today. A generous gift from the Irsay family will rename the YMCA at CityWay, 430 S. Alabama St., Indianapolis. The new name of the facility will be the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay.

A special program was held in the gymnasium of the Irsay Family YMCA today in the midst of friends, family, YMCA volunteers and staff members. Special remarks were made by Colts owner, Jim Irsay on behalf of his family.

Irsay said, “Across the country, YMCAs excel with programming for young people, starting with swimming classes for toddlers. Indianapolis is blessed to have a strong and active Y program for children, teens, young adults, adults and seniors. Keeping the health of people’s spirit, mind and body has been the mission of the Y for its long history and we should all celebrate the good work they do for all of us.”

Additional guests speakers included Colts quarterback Andrew Luck; Mayor Joe Hogsett; Bart Peterson, Co-chair, YMCA Heart of the City Capital Campaign; Jeffrey Harrison, Chair, YMCA Board of Directors and Eric Ellsworth, President/CEO, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.

“The Y has been a great community partner, here and across the country, said Luck. “In the Indianapolis area alone, the Y provides before and after school care for more than 100 schools and “camps” throughout the school year when the buildings are closed for holidays and vacations. As an advocate for the NFL’s youth fitness initiative, Play 360, I thank the Y for its ongoing programs for youth and teens.”

Support from the Irsay family will not only help the YMCA at CityWay, but will provide funding for the OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA. The new Y will be built in Pike Township and will feature services for the entire community as well as special space and programs specifically for the military service members and veterans. The Y is still raising money for that new facility and is seeking additional support from the community to complete the project.

“We are thrilled to have received this generous gift from the Irsay family,” said Ellsworth. “This wonderful donation will allow us to continue to enrich lives and improve the quality of life in our Indianapolis community.”

To learn more about how you can support the YMCA’s Heart of the City Capital Campaign, contact Jim Wood, Sr. Vice President/Chief Development Officer at (317) 266-9622 or click here.

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