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.

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