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IU Athletics Excellence Academy gets couple of 'major' gifts

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 09:37 pm

BLOOMINGTON – What’s in a name?

When it comes to Indiana’s Excellence Academy, which is part of of the Memorial Stadium South End Zone project, the answer is money.

A lot of it.

The Irsay family (yes, the owners of the Indianapolis Colts) and the Hancock Hiltunen Caito family have provided “major” gifts to the project.

How major is “major?”

No one is saying.

Anyway, this will result in the Irsay Family Wellness Clinic, which will be located in the Excellence Academy. It will consist of exam rooms, x-ray machines, procedure rooms, doctors offices, sports psychologist offices, a nutrition office and a consultation room.

The gift was spearheaded by Irsay family member Kalen Jackson, the vice chair/owner of the Colts and a 2010 IU graduate.

It also will result in the Hancock Hiltunen Caito Center for Leadership and Lifeskills will consist of a multi-purpose space and offices in the Excellence Academy. It will address leadership development, service learning and career development for the Hoosiers’ 650 student athletes.

The Academy is designed to provide cutting-edge technology and support while developing athletic skills, leadership, life skills, healthy and wellness, and more. Ground breaking for the facility is set for later this month.


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