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Pacers Foundation Awards $96,500 in Grants

Concludes ‘14-15 Fiscal Year with $409,097 Given to 48 Youth-Serving Organizations

INDIANAPOLIS – The Board of Pacers Foundation last week voted to approve grants totaling $96,500 to 15 youth-serving organizations throughout Indiana.

The largest gift was to the Indianapolis Urban League for its Project Full Circle, which assists youth from low-income backgrounds in preparing for post-secondary education.

“Pacers Foundation welcomes the opportunity to provide much-needed support to organizations trying to help at-risk youth discover the path to better lives,” said Foundation Board Chairman Rick Fuson, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

In addition to the Indianapolis Urban League, other grants were awarded to:

Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Cicero; Arts for Learning, Indianapolis; Camptown, Inc., Indianapolis; The Chris Lytle Foundation, New Palestine; Community Involvement in Learning, Franklin; Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, Indianapolis; Fathers and Families Center, Indianapolis; Forest Manor Community Center, Indianapolis; Happy Hollow Children’s Camp, Indianapolis; the Lesley West Prom Dress Drive, Indianapolis; Peace Learning Center, Indianapolis; St. Mary’s Child Center, Indianapolis; Vigo County Education Foundation, Terre Haute, and VSA Indiana Urban Artisans, Indianapolis.

The grant for the Chris Lytle Foundation came from the Indiana Fever’s BeYounique Fund, targeted for helping girls. Lytle has an anti-bullying program.

In concluding its 2014-15 fiscal year, the Foundation distributed $409,097 to 48 organizations. That is in addition to ongoing multi-year commitments to the Indianapolis Parks Foundation, the Indianapolis Police Foundation, Center for Leadership Development, Crossroads of America Boy Scout Council and Gleaners Food Bank.

Pacers Foundation, in conjunction with St.Vincent Sports Performance Center, will also award three Linda Craig Memorial Scholarships to Indiana college students pursuing degrees in sports medicine disciplines. Craig was the wife of long-time Pacers trainer David Craig.

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Pacers Foundation Awards Over $50,000 in Grants and Scholarships

INDIANAPOLIS – At its fourth quarter board meeting, Pacers Foundation awarded $50,000 in grants to seven agencies.

They include a grant to Pacers guard C.J. Watson’s Quiet Storm Foundation, which supports a writing and speech program for Indianapolis-area youth that culminates in a recognition luncheon for participants in February at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Foundation also provided a grant to The Cure Starts Now Foundation in honor of former Lawrenceburg, Ind., basketball star Lauren Hill, who is suffering from a form of pediatric brain cancer. Hill, her parents, friends and teammates, were recognized at an Indiana Pacers’ preseason game. Hill also was made an honorary member of the WNBA Indiana Fever.

The Foundation also voted to again support Team Smile, an event that will take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in February and provide dental screening and treatment for several hundred Indianapolis-area youth.

Other grants approved:

  • Alternatives Incorporated, Anderson, in support of a shelter for victims of domestic violence.
  • Assistance League of Indianapolis, which provides shoes and clothing to underserved youth.
  • Center for Leadership Development, Indianapolis, which provides academic assistance and college preparation for minority students.
  • College Mentors for Kids, Indianapolis, which provides college students as mentors for underserved high school youth.
  • Concord Neighborhood Center, Indianapolis, in support of technology curriculum for an after-school program.

“Pacers Foundation is pleased to provide much-needed assistance to these deserving agencies and causes,” said Foundation chairperson Rick Fuson. “They are on the front line of providing hope and help for those who need it most, especially our youth.”

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