In its 25th year, the Pacers Foundation strives to assist Indiana’s youth in making winning life choices through its contributions to and partnerships with youth-serving organizations. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of Hoosier youth by inspiring and motivating them to become involved in community activities, pursue their educations, set personal goals and realize their full potential.
The Foundation awards grants to agencies throughout the state, including those in Evansville, Terre Haute, Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Muncie, Columbus, Kokomo and Connersville. Statewide youth-serving agencies, such as the Indiana Youth Institute and College Mentors, also receive Foundation support.
Since its formation in 1993, the Pacers Foundation has provided nearly $8 million in grants. It also awards scholarships annually to Indiana college students pursuing careers in sports medicine, physical therapy or athletic training via the Linda Craig Memorial Fund.
In addition to annual grants, the Foundation has made two long-term investments. One is to the Indianapolis Parks Foundation for the continued refurbishment of basketball courts throughout the Indy Parks System. The other is to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for support of its Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, which teaches not only music, but life skills and character development for Indianapolis youth.
Its primary sources of funding are the Pacers Foundation Golf Outing, The Masquerade Gala produced in cooperation with the Simon Youth Foundation, the Fever Cares Bowling Tournament, the sale of specialty Pacers Foundation license plates through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and a donation of $50 for every three-pointer made by a Pacer during every home game from CNO Financial Services.