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Colts back at Rose-Hulman

Friday, May 13, 2005

The Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian announced Thursday the team will return to train at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology this summer.

"Rose-Hulman and the Colts are striving for the same goal -- excellence in everything we do," said Rose-Hulman President John Midgley.

Polian said he felt at home in Terre Haute.

"This will be our seventh year. In the six years we've been here, the people we interact with on a daily basis...are our family," Polian said. "It's nice to be among family, it's nice to be back around people you care about and people that care about you."

In addition to the Colts' return, Polian announced a new full-tuition, four-year scholarship to be awarded to two Indiana minority students yet to be selected.

The scholarship will be provided as long as the Colt's continue to train at Rose-Hulman, Polian said. He was unsure of the exact dollar amount.

Midgley said it was decided to target the scholarships at minority students to make Rose-Hulman more affordable for them.

Midgley created the concept of the scholarship and shared it with Polian who said it was endorsed by everyone in the Colts organization.

He said this is the first time he knows of that a team who trains at a university will turn around and do something meaningful for their host.

"It's truly a win-win," he said.

The Colts will report to camp July 27.

Terre Haute Mayor Kevin Burke said the city is "thrilled to be a part" of the players' adopted home during the few weeks they are practicing.

"Rose-Hulman has a long history of adding value to Terre Haute," Burke said.

Polian anticipates a strong season ahead as they've had each years since they've trained in Terre Haute.

"Since we've been at Rose-Hulman we've been the winningest team in the AFC," he said.

The football team's regular record is 63-33, the third best in the National Football League, since 1999 when they first trained at Rose-Hulman. The Colts have earned five playoff berths, once reaching the AFC Championship game, and won three division championships during those six seasons, according to a Colts press release.

"The facility is as good as there is in the National Football League," he said.

"Given a choice, we wanted to be here period," Polian said.

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