A prime example would be the partnership among the Foundation, the Indianapolis Parks Foundation and Indianapolis Power & Light Company to collectively commit $1.1 million over five years to build, renovate or upgrade outdoor basketball courts in parks throughout Marion County.
Among the first of those to be completed, in May of 2014, was Tamika Catchings Court in Thatcher Park on Indianapolis’s West side. Catchings, of course, is the starting forward for the Indiana Fever, 2012 WNBA Champions, Olympic gold medalist and founder of Catch the Stars Foundation.
As the courts are refurbished, they will carry the logos of the Indiana Pacers, Fever and IPL.
“This public-private partnership is a testament to our ability to work together to achieve a better quality of life for our community,” says Mayor Greg Ballard.
When Catchings Court was dedicated, Catchings staged a youth clinic, yet another extension of partnership.
“This court will serve as a tool for Catch the Stars Foundation programs which are geared to empower youth in Indy Parks and the community by promoting literacy, fitness and mentoring,” Catchings said.
“The Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever are great representatives of Indiana’s game, and are proud to partner in this initiative to improve basketball courts across the city,” said Rick Fuson, Pacers Foundation chair and President/CEO of Pacers Spots & Entertainment. “The core purposes of this organization are winning championships and serving community, so we are pleased to invest in our parks, our community and our youth.”
More Partnerships: Pacers Foundation and Indianapolis Public Schools