INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Pacers fans know that radio analyst Bob “Slick” Leonard accompanies each Pacers’ three-point basket with his colorful “Boom Baby” call. And once again this season, each Pacers three-point basket made during games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will also carry an additional “boom, baby” for the Pacers Foundation, thanks to CNO Financial Group.
For the 17th consecutive season, CNO Financial Group has announced it will donate $50 for each of the Pacers’ three-point baskets made during home games.
At opening night ceremonies on Thursday, October 29 for the Pacers’ game with Memphis, Ed Bonach, CEO of CNO Financial Group, will present a check to the Pacers Foundation for $15,450 for three-pointers made during the 2014-15 season.
That will bring CNO Financial Group’s total donation over the past 16 seasons to $241,225.
“We are honored to partner with Pacers Foundation for another rewarding season of basketball and philanthropy,” said Bonach. “CNO Financial Group remains steadfast in our commitment to our community, and it is with great pride that we support the foundation in its mission to motivate and inspire Indiana’s youth toward academic success and civic responsibility.”
“There is no better partnership in the NBA than the Pacers and CNO Financial Group, and we are so fortunate to have Pacers Foundation as a major recipient of their generosity,” said Rick Fuson, Pacers Sports & Entertainment President/COO and Chair of Pacers Foundation. “Not only does every Pacers three-pointer electrify our Bankers Life Fieldhouse crowd, but it brings much-needed support to many youth-serving agencies in Indiana. That is a win-win. We are deeply grateful.”
This has the potential to be an especially bountiful year for the Foundation because of the Pacers’ new up-tempo offense and the full-time return of All-Star Paul George. In his last full season with the Pacers, George made 182 three-point baskets.
About CNO Financial Group
CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CNO) is a holding company. Our insurance subsidiaries – principally Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company and Washington National Insurance Company – primarily serve middle-income pre-retiree and retired Americans by helping them protect against financial adversity and provide for a more secure retirement. For more information, visit CNO online at CNOinc.com.