The board of directors of Pacers Foundation, Inc., awarded $118,000 in grants and scholarships at its recent quarterly meeting.
Grant recipients included LaPlaza to support a college mentoring program; the Social Health Association for an anti-bullying initiative; Ronald McDonald House to support families who can’t afford the cost of a hospital stay; the Catch The Stars Foundation of Indiana Fever star Tamika Catchings; Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis; Coburn Place Safe Haven; Christamore House; HANDS in Autism training and resource center at IUPUI; Sheltering Wings; Arts for Learning; Kids’ Voice in Indiana; Restoring Lives West and the Young Actors Theatre.
“Our ability to give back to these incredibly deserving community organizations is fulfilling and heartwarming,” said Rick Fuson, Chairman of the Pacers Foundation board and Chief Operating Officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “We are especially pleased to support those who are providing invaluable assistance to at-risk and under-served youth.”
Three of the grants – Catch the Stars, Girls Inc., and the Social Health Association – were gifted from the Indiana Fever’s BeYounique Fund targeting programs for girls.
In addition to the grants, the Foundation awarded six $2,500 Linda Craig Memorial Scholarships to Indiana college students pursuing careers in athletic training and/or sports medicine. The scholarships are named for the late Linda Craig, wife of former long-time Indiana Pacers trainer David Craig.
Scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year were given to: Steven Stashevsky, IUPUI; Elliott Reiff, Anderson University; Katye Clark, Purdue University; Trevor Schrock, University of Evansville; Allison Riley, University of Indianapolis, and Jessica Burger, Ball State University.
“These students were selected from a group of more than 20 outstanding applicants,” said Fuson. “We are pleased to support their academic pursuits and know they will honor the memory of Linda Craig.”