Colts owner Jim Irsay donates millions for downtown YMCA naming rights

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The downtown YMCA at CityWay is receiving a new name after a very large donation from Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Irsay and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck joined Mayor Joe Hogsett at the YMCA for the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

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."

According to our partners at the IndyStar, Irsay made a multi-million-dollar donation.

As a result, the YMCA will now be named the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay. A sign will be erected on the outside of the building soon to reflect the name change. There will also be a Colts logo added to the outside of the building.

The donation will be used to help both the YMCA at CityWay and 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.

The $22 million YMCA at CityWay opened in 2015 to great fanfare and is the largest YMCA facility in the state. It serves area youth through several educational and athletic programs.