The Pacers Foundation seeks partnerships that can bring individual entities together in support of a common mission that serves the community.
A prime example would be the partnership among the Foundation, Pacers Sports & Entertainment and the Indianapolis Parks Foundation to commit an additional $300,000 from 2018-2020 to continue to build, renovate or upgrade basketball courts throughout the Indy Parks system.
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 early in 2017 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.”
Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
The Foundation also has made 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.”
More Partnerships: Pacers Foundation and Indianapolis Public Schools