Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — A Hoosier basketball legend will help Indiana University Kokomo kick off the public phase of its Inspire Power campaign, raising funds for the Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center.

Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center GroundbreakingMilt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center GroundbreakingIndiana Basketball Hall of Fame member Ted Kitchel will be the featured speaker at the Inspire Power dinner and silent auction. Kitchel, a Cass County native, played on the 1981 NCAA champion Indiana basketball team.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke invites fans and campus supporters to attend the dinner, at 6 p.m. Monday, October 8, in Alumni Hall.

"We need everyone in our region to help us build this key educational resource," she said. "The Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center will change the culture at IU Kokomo. As a member of the campus family for many years, I can feel the excitement, as the project becomes a reality. The students and faculty have been waiting a long time for a place to gather and work out."

Tickets to the dinner event, which starts at 6 p.m., are $50. There are a limited number of $75 tickets that include a cocktail reception with Kitchel at 5 p.m.

Kitchel looks forward to seeing many familiar faces during his visit to Kokomo, and is glad to support the wellness and fitness center.

"I think it is vital that IU Kokomo is investing into the physical well-being of its students and athletes," he said. "Wellness and fitness is still an important part of my life."

Sciame-Giesecke led students in breaking down a wall in the center's site, in the ground floor of the library, September 26. About 250 students, faculty, and staff attended the groundbreaking for the $4 million facility. It is named for the Cole family of Logansport, who gave $1.25 million, the largest cash gift in campus history.

Diana Tenbrook, vice president of marketing at Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union, is chairperson of the Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center fund raising campaign. She is honored to make the center a reality for the campus community.

"This first-rate facility will provide IU Kokomo with another advantage in attracting students to the campus," she said. "The center will help students develop the habits of a healthy lifestyle that will remain with them throughout their lifetime. I hope the community will join my company, Solidarity, and me, in supporting the Inspire Power campaign. We can all make a difference and be part of a legendary development for Kokomo."

The wellness and fitness center will be a 20,500 square-foot facility. Amenities include a jogging and walking track, cardio and strength training area, two multipurpose rooms, a health studies classroom, locker rooms, and a reception area.

For more information about the Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center, the fundraising campaign and tax benefits of giving, go to http://www.iuk.edu/wellnessfitnesscenter. To purchase tickets, call the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Advancement, at 765-455-9485.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.