Sports Legends Experience

Inspiring and Transforming Lives

Startling. That’s the only way to describe the statistics surrounding unhealthy trends in U.S. children and families:

  • Physical activity has declined by 32 percent since 1965
  • Nearly half of preschool-age children do not get enough physical activity
  • 30 percent of school age children are overweight or obese
  • Diabetes, heart disease, and obesity are on the rise nationwide

Together, we can combat these trends. Providing children with positive experiences to integrate fitness activities into their daily lives can help turn things around. The Children’s Museum has been modeling and exposing families to healthy, positive experiences for decades. With your help, we will leverage our expertise to promote healthy living in new and engaging ways through sports and family fun.

A National Model for Family Learning in Health and Fitness Through Sports

Download the Game Plan

Download our Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience Game Plan and see how your favorite Indiana teams and sports will inspire families to explore fitness and sports together.

The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience will be the world’s first immersive family sports and fitness experience. Showcasing Central Indiana’s wealth of amateur and professional athletes and teams, this initiative will offer a 7.5-acre collection of fun, hands-on indoor and outdoor sports-related experiences. Families will be inspired and encouraged to enjoy sports and fitness activities together—now and for a lifetime.

Download our Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience Game Plan and see how your favorite Indiana teams and sports will inspire families to explore fitness and sports together. Fill out the form  below to download.

The Sports Legends Pavilion and Plaza presented by the Efroymson Family Fund

Children and families will step into the world of legends—players, owners, game history, and important sports milestones. Ever-changing indoor exhibits will feature interactive health, fitness, and sports activities year round, reinforcing active, healthy lifestyles through sports. Changing exhibits could include:

  • History of Hoops
  • Science of Nutrition
  • Legends of Sport
  • The Garage: Race Cars Through Time

The PlayFit Sports Program

Bodies, hearts, and minds will be engaged through PlayFit Sports, a series of immersive sports environments, physical activity programs, and family health resources. These programs will leverage the museum’s family learning expertise and serve as a national model for changing the ways families live their lives.

Greater Reach, Bigger Impact


The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience will provide the exceptional and engaging experiences that Children’s Museum members and regular visitors expect and return to over and over. With The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience drawing an estimated 275,000 to 500,000 new visitors annually, overall attendance is expected to increase to between 1.5 and 1.7+ million.

Your support goes far beyond just numbers. With your help, we can truly transform lives—today and beyond—inspiring children and families near and far to:

  • Enjoy sports and fitness activities together
  • Embrace and commit to an active lifestyle
  • Improve their lives through healthy living

Check Out the Game Plan

The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience roster provides a fun and easy way for families to explore all kinds of sports and fitness activities together.  Download our Sports Legends Game Plan by filling out the form, and get a first look at the lineup of your favorite Indiana teams and sports. Find out how you can get involved and even put your name on part of the fun, too!

Be part of improving health and happiness in the lives of others today. 

Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience is made possible through lead gift support from Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health, The Herbert Simon Family Foundation/Pacers Foundation/The Herbert and Bui Simon Foundation, Old National Bank, Lilly Endowment Inc., Efroymson Family Fund, Henry and Christine Camferdam, The Children’s Museum Guild, Elizabeth Bracken Wiese and J. Frederic Wiese, Jr., The Indianapolis Colts, Jane and Steve Marmon, Indy Fuel, The Saturday Evening Post Society, Katharine and Richard Kruse, Indianapolis Motor Speedway/Hulman and Company, Gina and Jim Bremner, Boris and Marian Meditch, Gary and Rebecca Aletto, Fern W. Roesch,  Pepsi, Susan and Steve Haines,  Philip and Dorothea Genetos, Sterrett Family Foundation, Shiel Sexton Company, Inc., Randy and Janet Belden, Bruce and Jamie McCaw, Lewis/Stitle Families, Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation, and John H. Holliday.