NCAA Joins Sports Legends Experience

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Crews broke ground on the Sports Legends Experience in September. (photo courtesy of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis) Crews broke ground on the Sports Legends Experience in September. (photo courtesy of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis)

The Indianapolis-based NCAA will join a host of Indiana sports teams partnering with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis on the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience. The organization will create the NCAA Sports Legends Training Facility, an indoor exhibit that aims to promote the similarities of lifestyle choices in both school and sports. The facility will be located inside the Efroymson Pavilion, which will also house the National Art Museum of Sport.

Financial details of the NCAA's investment for the facility were not released. The Children's Museum says the exhibit will have interactive opportunities for families to participate in athletic activities, including football, hockey, basketball and a balance beam. Visitors will also be able to learn about sportscasting at the exhibit.

"We believe healthy habits permeate every facet of development whether it includes food and nutrition, exercise, pursuit of sports or quality education," said Jeffrey Patchen, chief executive officer of The Children’s Museum. “Tips from sports legends, collegiate athletes, regular practice and hard work can help each of us build our confidence and learn new skills so we can achieve our life goals!”

NCAA President Mark Emmert says the exhibit gives the organization the chance to encourage children to "view sports as an outlet to improve both physical and mental wellbeing." 

The $35 million, 7.5-acre Sports Legends Experience is scheduled to open in March 2018. Last month, Patchen discussed the progress of the project on Inside INdiana Business Television.

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