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.

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