Pacers Foundation Awards $96,150 in Grants

23 Youth-Serving Agencies Are Recipients

INDIANAPOLIS – At its recent quarterly meeting, the Pacers Foundation board of directors awarded $96,150 in grants to 23 youth-serving organizations throughout Indiana.

Included in that total was the second of a three-year, $75,000 commitment to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. Two grants also were awarded from the Fever Cares fund for organizations supporting programs for girls.

Thus far in its fiscal year, the Foundation has awarded 54 grants totaling $275,650.

Recent grantees:

  • About Special Kids, Indianapolis, parent education for educators of special needs children.
  • Arc of Indiana, Erskine-Green Institute, Muncie, hospitality job training for young people with disabilities.
  • ArtMix, Indianapolis, program for young people with disabilities to learn arts and craft skills that can aid them in transitioning to workforce.
  • Assistance League of Indianapolis, Operation School Bell that provides low-income students clothes, shoes and other necessities.
  • Inc., Indianapolis, summer camp for students in grades 3-6 from under-resourced neighborhoods.
  • Children’s Bureau, Indianapolis, yoga and meditation training for children in Rachel Glick Courage Center.
  • Christel House Academy, Indianapolis, JumpStart program for incoming kindergarten students from low-income neighborhoods.
  • Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, Indianapolis, Camp Delafield summer camp for children with dyslexia.
  • Euell Wilson Center, Fort Wayne, Academic Excellence summer program for children from low-income areas.
  • Gleaners Food Bank, Indianapolis, school-based pantry at John Wooden Middle School in Morgan County.
  • Girls Inc. of Jackson County, Seymour, after-school programming for girls, from Fever Cares fund.
  • The Gurl Code, Inc,. Indianapolis, STEM program for girls, from Fever Cares fund.
  • Hope Academy, Indianapolis, support programming for teenagers battling addiction.
  • Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Indianapolis, summer reading program.
  • Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Indianapolis, JobSpark career expo for area 8th grade students.
  • KIPP Indy Public Schools, Indianapolis, arts and music education programs.
  • Monroe County YMCA, Bloomington, scholarship program for Into The Wild summer camp.
  • Murphy Mentoring Group, Indianapolis, mentoring for high risk youth.
  • New Beginnings, Indianapolis, academic summer camp.
  • Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, Indianapolis, Child Abuse prevention program for IPS students.
  • Mary’s Child Center, Indianapolis, pre-K education.
  • Youth First, Evansville, social worker support for at-risk youth.

Pacers Foundation Awards $174,500 in Grants

29 Youth-Serving Organizations Receive Assistance

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INDIANAPOLIS – During the first two meetings of fiscal year 2019-20, the Pacers Foundation board of directors has approved $174,500 in grants to 29 youth-serving organizations in Indiana.

“We are again pleased to provide assistance to the many groups who are bringing opportunities to our at-risk youth throughout the state,” said Rick Fuson, Foundation chairperson. “We are also thankful to all those who support us through our fund-raising activities such as our golf tournament, the Masquerade, specialty license plate sales and the 50/50 raffle at Pacers home games.”

Grants have been awarded to:

  • A Kid Again, Indiana Chapter, Indianapolis: Trips to local attractions for children with life-threatening illnesses.
  • Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Cicero: Riding program for at-risk youth and youth with disabilities.
  • Artisan Alley, Bloomington: After-school program using arts for children in need of intellectual and emotional development.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Montgomery County, Crawfordsville:T.E.A.M program that prepares students for careers in wind, solar and existing manufacturing.
  • Bring-It-Push-It-Own-It, Fort Wayne: Health and fitness program also focused on self-esteem, leadership and healthy relationships for girls from disadvantaged neighborhoods, from Fever Cares Fund.
  • Cancer Support Community of Central Indiana, Indianapolis: Distribution of Emma’s Art Kits, in honor 17-year-old of brain cancer survivor Emma Stumpf, to patients at Peyton Manning St. Vincent and Riley children’s hospitals.
  • Center for Inquiry #2, Indianapolis: Entry level robotics/STEM program for young students.
  • Charles W. Fairbanks Elementary #105, Indianapolis: Science Fair and Reading is Cool program.
  • Child Advocates, Indianapolis: Assistance for foster children as they go through the court system.
  • Coburn Place, Indianapolis: After-school Children’s Services and School’s Out Camp.
  • College Mentors for Kids, Indianapolis: Mentoring program that pairs students at Indiana colleges with youth.
  • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis: Museum trips for IPS students.
  • Hancock County Community Foundation, Greenfield: Early Childhood Literacy Program.
  • Helping Hands for Freedom, Indianapolis: Camp in Bradford Woods for children of Gold Star families who have had parents killed or wounded in combat.
  • Impact Academy, Indianapolis, MindPlay reading program for IPS students attending schools within locked treatment facilities.
  • Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, Indianapolis: Victim Services, prevention and education.
  • Indy Parks Foundation: Refurbishment of basketball courts in Indy Parks system and sponsorship of Indy Parks youth basketball leagues.
  • Indy Thunder Beep Ball, Indianapolis: Assistance to team of visually impaired athletes.
  • John Boner Community Center, Indianapolis: Earn-A-Bike Program for near East Side neighborhood children where they learn how to build bikes, then keep them.
  • Martinsville Youth Development Center, Martinsville: Become A Better Youi program for at-risk youth.
  • Outreach, Inc., Indianapolis: Educational support for high school students facing homelessness.
  • Playworks, Indiana, Indianapolis: Anti-bullying programs, increased opportunities for sports (in particular basketball) participation among girls from lower-income areas; interaction with Indiana Fever to build brand awareness, from Fever Cares Fund.
  • Purchased, Inc., Indianapolis: For girls impacted by human trafficking, from Fever Cares Fund.
  • Sheltering Wings, Danville: Assistance for children of families that have been impacted by domestic violence.
  • Shepherd Community Center, Indianapolis: NEXT program to assist Shepherd graduates in college and career placement.
  • Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center, Avon: Child Safety Matters anti-bullying and child abuse education program for children in Hendricks, Monroe and Vigo counties.
  • Terre Haute Children’s Museum, Terre Haute: STEM program for at-risk children and support for mentoring from Indiana State University students.
  • Youth Mentoring Initiative, Fishers: Mentoring program for at-risk high school youth.
  • Youth Opportunity Center, Muncie: Independent living skills program for at-risk youth.

The Foundation board will consider its next round of grants in January.

Premier Philanthropic Event to Honor Presidents of Indiana University and Purdue University

INDIANAPOLIS – The presidents of two of Indiana’s highly-respected public higher education institutions will be the joint honorees of the 18th annual Masquerade, one of Indianapolis’ premier philanthropic events, on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The event will honor Mitchell “Mitch” E. Daniels, Jr., President of Purdue University, and Dr. Michael A. McRobbie, President of Indiana University.

The Masquerade brings together influential leaders from across the state and nation for an evening of fun, entertainment, and the opportunity to be with the Indiana Pacers players, coaches and staff. The event’s proceeds benefit Simon Youth Foundation and Pacers Foundation, making it possible for the Foundations to continue their critical work of providing youth with hope, opportunity and access to quality education. The Masquerade has raised more than $14 million for the two organizations since its inception in 2002.

Building on the tradition of recognizing leaders who make lasting contributions to Indiana and beyond, Simon Youth Foundation and the Pacers Foundation are pleased to honor transformative education leaders Daniels and McRobbie. As joint honorees, Presidents Daniels and McRobbie demonstrate that when it comes to education, all are on the same team.

Daniels became the 12th president of Purdue University in January 2013 after two terms as Governor of the State of Indiana. As president of Purdue University, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019, Daniels has prioritized student affordability and reinvestment in the university’s strengths – leading to unprecedented growth in student success and STEM research. Under Daniels’ leadership as governor, Indiana earned its first AAA credit rating, led the nation in infrastructure building, and passed sweeping education, property tax and healthcare reforms.

McRobbie became the 18th president of Indiana University in 2007. Under his leadership, IU, which will celebrate its Bicentennial Year beginning July 1, has experienced a major expansion in the size, quality and diversity of its student body and an enhanced commitment to providing a first-rate education that is affordable, innovative and relevant to meet the evolving needs of students and Indiana’s leading employers. In addition to his duties as president, McRobbie has leadership roles with the Association of American Universities and the Applied Research Institute, a nonprofit in Indiana that accelerates the commercialization of technology across the state.

“We are thrilled to recognize presidents Daniels and McRobbie at this year’s Masquerade celebration,” said Masquerade Co-Chair Cindy Simon Skjodt. “We are deeply grateful to the commitment they have both made to ensuring access to quality education in the state of Indiana and across the globe.”

Previous honorees have included Larry Bird, Quinn Bucker, Tamika Catchings, Rick Fuson, Frank Hancock, the Hulman-George Family, Clark Kellogg, Kelly Krauskopf, John and Sarah Lechleiter, Bobby “Slick” Leonard, Reggie Miller, Jim Morris, Deborah J. Simon, Herbert Simon, Melvin Simon, Cindy Simon Skjodt, Jeff Smulyan, Steve Stitle, and Donnie Walsh.

The Masquerade evening will begin with a reception, followed by a dinner and tribute. Special guests will include the entire Indiana Pacers team and basketball staff as well as many of the past Masquerade honorees.

The Masquerade is made possible through the generous support of many local and national sponsors. PNC Bank will return as the event’s title sponsor for the 18th year. For ticket and sponsorship information, please contact Brandi Young at (317) 263-7694 or

Pacers Foundation Awards 23 Grants

INDIANAPOLIS – At its fourth quarter board meeting last week, the Pacers Foundation awarded $96,000 in grants to 24 youth-serving organizations.

That brings the total for the 2018-19 fiscal year to $407,558 and 92 organizations, including continued multi-year grants to the Indianapolis Parks Foundation and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.

“We are so gratified to be able to provide assistance to those who are doing such valued and necessary work on behalf Hoosier youth,” said Pacers Foundation Chairperson Rick Fuson. “We are also pleased that our support is reaching statewide, from Fort Wayne to Evansville and many cities in between.”

Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has awarded $8.5 million in grants. It receives funds primarily from the annual Pacers Foundation golf outing, the Masquerade gala in partnership with the Simon Youth Foundation, a donation from CNO Financial Group for every Pacers 3-point shot made during home games, the 50/50 Raffle at Pacers home games and the sale of Pacers Foundation license plates through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Organizations receiving fourth quarter grants:

  • Ascent 121, Carmel, assistance programs for teen survivors of human trafficking and abuse.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Grant County, Marion, Summer Enrichment Program.
  • Brightwood Community Center, Indianapolis, SPARK after-school program.
  • Camp OPP, Indianapolis, summer camp experiences for IPS students.
  • Champions of Youth, Greensburg, youth mentoring program.
  • Catch The Stars Foundation, Indianapolis, backpack and school supplies outreach for area children.
  • Claude McNeal Productions, Indianapolis, ACT Out theatre program for area schools.
  • Domestic Violence Network, teen dating violence prevention and awareness program for IPS student athletes.
  • Elevate Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Summer Adventure Program.
  • Early Learning Indiana, Indianapolis, sports enrichment experience in nine area centers.
  • Girls Inc., Indianapolis, Project Bold program, Fever Cares Fund.
  • Good News Ministries, Indianapolis, summer Youth Center program.
  • Hancock County Child Advocacy Center, Greenfield, Zoey’s Place for child victims of abuse.
  • Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide, Indianapolis, anti-bullying program.
  • Indiana Golf Foundation, Franklin, First Tee program at Riverside Golf Course.
  • Jameson Camp, Indianapolis, summer camp scholarships for children of need.
  • Life Smart, Indianapolis, programs aimed at reducing violence and abuse among Marion County teens.
  • Like A Lion, Indianapolis, After School Program.
  • Noble of Indiana, Indianapolis, summer youth camp for children with disabilities.
  • Pass The Torch Foundation, Indianapolis, mentoring program for single young women with children, Fever Cares Fund.
  • St. Vincent Foundation, Indianapolis, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital School Program.
  • School On Wheels, Indianapolis, education program for homeless children.
  • Second Helpings, Indianapolis, equipment to facilitate the serving of meals at area youth agencies.
  • TeenWorks, Indianapolis, summer youth employment program.

Pacers Foundation Awards Grants to 22 Indiana Agencies

INDIANAPOLIS – At its January meeting, the Pacers Foundation board of directors awarded $81,050 in grants to 22 youth-serving agencies throughout Indiana.

Grants include those to TeamSmile, which provides free dental examinations and treatment to area children in an all-day clinic Feb. 7 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and to Stop The Violence, an Indianapolis-based organization which will partner with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers in April for a summit aimed at fostering better understanding between IMPD and area youth.

“We are once again delighted that we can provide much-needed support to organizations dedicated to improving the lives and creating opportunities for Hoosier kids,” said Foundation board chairperson Rick Fuson.

Now in its 26th year, the Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in grants since inception. Its primary sources of funding are the annual Golf Outing each September, the Masquerade in partnership with the Simon Youth Foundation in October, the sale of Pacers Foundation specialty license plates through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, a 50-50 Raffle at Pacers home games, and donations from CNO Financial Group, Stanley Security and KeyBank for Pacers 3-pointers, blocked shots and assists, respectively.

Grants awarded:

  • Achieve International, Carmel, academic support for at-risk youth.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis, Power Hour after-school academic support program.
  • Camp To Belong Indiana Inc., summer camp that brings together siblings separated because they are living in different foster homes.
  • Camptown, Indianapolis, summer wilderness camp for urban youth.
  • Christel House Academy, Inc., Indianapolis, Jump Start summer school program.
  • Community Service Center of Morgan County, program for academic support of area homeless youth.
  • Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, Camp Delafield summer camp.
  • Euell A. Wilson Center, Fort Wayne, after-school program for disadvantaged youth.
  • Girls Inc. of Shelby County, STEM program.
  • Gleaners Food Bank, Indianapolis. Child Hunger Initiative.
  • Hope Academy, Indianapolis, Summer of Hope program for teens recovering from substance.
  • Horizons at St. Richard’s Episcopal School, Indianapolis, summer academic assistance program for children from low income families.
  • Julian Center, Indianapolis, improvements to outdoor equipment and basketball court.
  • KIPP Indianapolis, Inc., school music and arts programs.
  • Leading Ladies Inc., Indianapolis, summer intern and mentoring program.
  • National Junior Tennis and Learning, Indianapolis, after school tennis and academic program for minority students.
  • Project Hope, Anderson, support program for at-risk youth in Anderson and Madison County.
  • Purdue Athletes for Life Success (PALS), West Lafayette, fitness, life and health instruction from Purdue athletes to area at-risk students.
  • Respect Team, Huntertown, mental health and suicide prevention program for teens in Northeast Indiana.
  • Stop The Violence, Indianapolis, summit to foster better relationships between police and area youth.
  • TeamSmile, dental examinations and treatment for area children.
  • Youth First Inc., Evansville, behavioral health mentoring program.

Pacers Foundation to Offer 50/50 Raffle

INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning with Monday night’s Indiana Pacers game against the Utah Jazz, the Pacers Foundation will offer a 50/50 raffle to Bankers Life Fieldhouse fans.

All proceeds less raffle expenses will be split between the Pacers Foundation and the lucky fan.

Fans will be able to purchase raffle tickets at kiosks located on the main concourse of the Fieldhouse.

“50/50 raffles have become increasingly commonplace in professional sports leagues and we are delighted to offer this opportunity to Pacers fans while also raising money to support the Foundation’s charitable giving to youth-serving organizations throughout Indiana,” said Foundation Executive Director Bill Benner. “We are grateful to the Indiana Gaming Commission for approving our raffle and its cooperation throughout the licensing process.”

Tickets will be sold from the opening of doors through midway through the third quarter. The winning number will be announced early in the fourth quarter. The fan holding the winning ticket will have 30 days to claim his/her prize. Tickets will be sold in the amounts of $5 for three numbers, $10 for 10 numbers and $20 for 60 numbers.

Rules and information regarding the raffle can be obtained by going to

Pacers Foundation Awards $74,500 in Grants to 20 Youth-Serving Organizations

INDIANAPOLIS – The Pacers Foundation awarded $74,500 in grants to 20 youth-serving organizations at its recent quarterly board meeting.

Recipients included the continuing sponsorship of the Indiana Youth Institute’s annual Kids Count Conference, which brings together youth-serving professionals from throughout the state. This year’s conference will take place Nov. 26-28 at the Indiana Convention Center.

The Foundation also provided a grant to become the official sponsor of field trips for IPS children to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art and will continue to provide field trips for school children from across the state to the Indiana State Museum and Historical Sites.

In partnership with the Pacers’ G League team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Foundation also awarded a grant to the Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities in Fort Wayne. That grant will focus on a wheelchair basketball program.
The Foundation also awarded a grant through its Fever Cares Fund for an anti-bullying program in partnership with Playworks Indiana.

“We are grateful to be able to provide support to some of the many organizations in Indiana committed to providing hope and opportunity for our children, especially those at risk,” said Pacers Foundation Chairperson Rick Fuson.

The Foundation is supported by its annual golf outing, the annual Masquerade in partnership with the Simon Youth Foundation, a contribution from CNO Financial Services for every three-point field goal made by a Pacer during games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the sale of Foundation license plates through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Grant recipients:

  • Boys II Men Mentoring Program, Indianapolis
  • Brookside Community Development Corporation, Indianapolis
  • Charles Fairbanks Elementary Reading and STEM Programs, Indianapolis
  • Coburn Place Safe Haven After-School Program, Indianapolis
  • Concord Neighborhood Center After-School Program, Indianapolis
  • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art IPS Field Trips, Indianapolis
  • Freetown Village School Presentations, Indianapolis
  • Hawthorne Community Center Project Free, Indianapolis
  • Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, Indianapolis
  • Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, statewide
  • Indiana Youth Institute, Kids Count Conference
  • Indianapolis Legal Aid Society guardianship program, Indianapolis
  • John Boner Neighborhood Centers EDGE Program, Indianapolis
  • Johnson County Youth Services Bureau, Franklin
  • Playworks Indiana Anti-Bullying Program, Fever Cares Funds, Indianapolis
  • St. Mary’s Child Center School Readiness Program, Indianapolis
  • Salvation Army Fountain Square Sports & Beyond Program, Indianapolis
  • Southside Youth Council/Reach For Youth Teen Court Program, Indianapolis
  • Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Indiana, Indianapolis
  • Turnstone Center, Wheelchair Basketball Program, Fort Wayne

CNO Financial Group Presents $21,000 Check to Pacers Foundation to Support Indiana Youth

ARMEL, Ind., Oct. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — CNO Financial Group, a holding company for several national life and health insurance companies that serve middle-income Americans and retirees, has donated $21,000 to the Pacers Foundation through its three-point charity program.

For the 2017 – 2018 season, CNO Financial pledged to donate $50 to the Pacers Foundation for every three-point shot scored by an Indiana Pacers player at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Mike Heard, president of Washington National Insurance Company, part of the CNO family of insurance brands, presented the $21,000 check during halftime of the Indiana Pacers’ home opener against the Memphis Grizzlies at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 17. Heard also serves on the board of directors of the Pacers Foundation.

CNO Financial presents check to the Pacers Foundation

“CNO Financial is proud to call central Indiana home to our corporate headquarters, and investing in our communities is at the heart of our culture,” said Heard. “It is a privilege to have partnered with the Pacers Foundation over the last twenty years knowing that each successful three-point shot supports the education, health and well-being of Indiana’s youth.”

“Pacers Sports and Entertainment and CNO Financial have established an incredible partnership over the years with a shared mission of supporting our local communities,” said Rick Fuson, president and chief operating officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “On behalf of the Pacers Foundation, we are so thankful for CNO’s support as we work together to support the youth in our city and state.”

Since 1999, CNO Financial has donated nearly $300,000 to the Pacers Foundation to support its mission of encouraging Indiana’s youth to make winning life choices through contributions and partnerships with youth-serving organizations.

Pacers Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $82,500

INDIANAPOLIS – At its most recent quarterly meeting, the Pacers Foundation board of directors awarded $82,500 in grants to 17 youth-serving organizations throughout the state of Indiana.

The grants included an award of $25,000 as the first of a three-year, $75,000 commitment to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (MYO).

The MYO serves approximately 250 youth from IPS schools and Center Township and emphasizes life skills, character development and pursuit of post-secondary education while the children also learn to play and perform.

“The board was impressed by the MYO’s mission of using the arts and music as platforms for the youth to acquire a broader set of skills that can help lead them to productive lives as adults,” said Pacers Foundation Board Chairperson Rick Fuson.

“The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is so grateful for the generosity of our supportive partners at the Pacers Foundation, said ISO CEO James M. Johnson. “Young people growing up with a strong foundation in musicianship build lifelong skills in teamwork, problem solving, and creative thinking – not unlike student athletes. This gift will ensure the mission of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra continues to impact the youth and families of Indianapolis in positive ways.”

The Pacers Foundation also continued its statewide outreach by awarding grants to organizations in Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Columbus, Bloomington, Connersville and Martinsville in addition to Indianapolis.

In addition to MYO, grants were given to:

  • Arts For Learning, Indianapolis, for supplemental arts instruction in IPS schools reading programs.
  • Boys & Girls Club, Fort Wayne, Project Learn.
  • Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People, Indianapolis, for its Outreach Program.
  • Carver Community Center, Kokomo, after-school academic assistance.
  • Child Advocates, Indianapolis, Older Youth Services program.
  • College Mentors for Kids, Indianapolis, Reach Across Indiana program.
  • Dayspring Center Family Emergency Shelter, Indianapolis, meals and programming for homeless children.
  • Family Service, Inc., Columbus, Child Abuse Prevention.
  • Girls Inc. of Monroe County, Bloomington, non-traditional sports clinics.
  • Hope Center, Connersville, I Decide For Me program.
  • Jump IN For Healthy Kids, Indianapolis, Warren Township Schools program.
  • Martinsville Youth Development Center, Martinsville, STEM after-school program.
  • Minority Engineering Program of Indianapolis, STEM workshops.
  • Nine13 Sports, Indianapolis, Kids Riding Bikes program.
  • Starfish Initiative, Indianapolis, Leadership Camp.
  • S.U.P.E.R School Inc., Indianapolis, health and fitness initiative.

Pacers Sports & Entertainment Continues to Grow Indiana’s Game

PS&E, Foundation Announce 3-Year Partnership to Renovate More Indy Parks Basketball Courts

INDIANAPOLIS – Pacers Sports & Entertainment and the Pacers Foundation Saturday announced a continuation of their partnership with the Indy Parks Foundation to renovate basketball courts within the Indy Parks system.

The three-year, $300,000 commitment was announced during ribbon cutting ceremonies for a newly renovated court at Tarkington Park on the city’s northside.

The partnership represents PS&E’s continuing efforts to build upon its “We Grow Basketball Here” brand. The renovated courts will include Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and We Grow Basketball branding. The partnership also continues sponsorship of the Indy Parks youth basketball leagues with the championship games taking place in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

A previous $1.1 million commitment from the Pacers Foundation and Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) that began in 2013 has resulted in the construction or renovation of 10 basketball courts throughout the park system, including the first indoor court earlier this year at the Brookside Park Community Center.

“We are delighted to support our beloved Indiana game at all levels,” said Rick Fuson, PS&E President and COO and chairman of the Pacers Foundation. “For many of our youngsters, playing on an Indy Parks court is where they develop their first love for the game and we want as many of them as possible to play on great courts with the best goals. We look forward to investing in our parks, our community and our youth by renovating additional courts throughout the city over the next three years.”

“The Parks Foundation is proud to identify and manage resources for parks, public spaces, and trails throughout Indianapolis,” said Parks Foundation President Lori Hazlett. “We are excited to facilitate initiatives that inspire our great community partners, like the Pacers Foundation and Pacers Sports & Entertainment, to come together and invest in park assets that improve quality of life, connect people to places, and build community.”

PS&E’s other efforts to grow basketball across the state include:

  • Presenting sponsorship of the Indiana High School Athletic Association Boys and Girls State Championships
  • Presenting sponsorship of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Medals
  • Hosting of the annual Indianapolis Downtown Kiwanis Club’s State Finals luncheon
  • Sponsorship of Special Olympics Indiana’s state basketball competition
  • Hosting of the annual Crossroads Classic involving Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame and Butler
  • Honoring of legendary Indiana teams, coaches and players in the annual Pacers Hickory Night celebrations – including recognizing the four boys and girls high school state championship teams
  • The Pacers Athletic Center, part of the Grand Park sports complex in Westfield
  • Presentation of Basketball Day in Indiana, in partnership with Fox Sports Indiana.

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