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.