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During the Pacers season, the Indiana Pacers team up with CSI Cargo, Inc. to present Read Like A Pro Reading Timeouts featuring special guest readers that include members of the Indiana Pacers, the Indiana Pacemates, Boomer and members of the Pacers All-Star reading Team.
These special guests read stories to students in K-3rd grade, from large oversized books. At the conclusion of the event, each participating student receives a Pacers Backpack filled with a Reading Poster, Bookmark and Scholastic Book. In addition, participating students have the opportunity to win Pacers prizes including headbands, t-shirts and a Pacers basketball.
Each visit is approximately one hour in length with class sizes averaging 175 students in K-3rd grade.
If you are interested in signing your school up for a Read Like A Pro Reading TimeOut presented by CSI Cargo, please click the link below. Please note that only one reading timeout will be assigned per school.
All-Star Reading Team
The Pacers and Cargo Services, Inc., Inc. would like to thank this year’s Read Like A Pro All-Star Reading Team members!
These individuals volunteer their time and talent throughout the year to visit area elementary schools for our Read Like A Pro Reading TimeOuts and help us to encourage today’s children to embrace the love of reading.
This year’s All-Star Reading Team will visit over 30 elementary schools and help to impact over 5,000 K-3rd grade students!
Read Across America Day
National Education Association’s Read Across America Day is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
Each year the Pacers partner with the Indiana State Teachers Association to host Read Across America Day at a select area elementary school. The event includes a Reading Time-Out for K-2nd graders as well as special treats celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Call A Pacer
The Indiana Pacers team up with Stanley Security Solutions and the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library to present Call-A-Pacer. This annual program allows callers to listen to featured Pacers' players or coaches read a children’s story.
Fans of all ages can call (317) 275-4444, to hear members of the Pacers read pre-selected children's stories. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day, and may be accessed by up to four listeners at a time. Call-A-Pacer was created to encourage school-age children to read and visit their neighborhood library. All stories run for one week from April – June each year.
Summer Reading Tour
In partnership with the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, the Pacers and the Pacers Foundation present the Pacers Summer Reading Tour each summer.
During the library’s 8-week Summer Reading Program, the Pacers Community Relations Department take the Pacers Fan Van and stop by each IMCPL branch library for a 30-minute reading timeout. Each Reading TimeOut takes place outside in front of the van (weather permitting) where participants can also spin the Pacers prize wheel after each reading session. Each visit lasts a total of one hour.
Members of the Pacers All-Star Reading Team, the Indiana Pacemates, Pacers players & coaches and Boomer participate throughout the program!
Abrams Academic Achievement Award
In 2001-02, Pacers Team Ophthalmologist Dr. John Abrams and the Indiana Pacers established the Abrams Academic Achievement Award to recognize students at the Pacers Academy for their hard work and efforts in academic pursuits. Each year since its inception, the program has expanded to include other schools in the Indianapolis area.
Two 6th grade students from each participating school is recognized during a halftime, on-court ceremony at an Indiana Pacers game where they receive four game tickets, a Laptop Computer, a Certificate of Achievement and a Pacers goodie bag.
Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month, the Indiana Pacers partner with the Indiana Historical Society for the Black History Challenge. This program encourages children and families to discover more about Indiana Black History while earning a chance to win great prizes!
To supplement the Challenge, Pacers players record a vignette featuring the notable achievements of various African-Americans who have helped change the course of history with their contributions in sports, literature, the arts, the community, education, music and the military. In addition, the Pacers also provide commemorative Black History Challenge posters to area schools, featuring those individuals highlighted on the series of vignettes and that are part of the Black History Challenge.
IPS Values for Life Celebration
In partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools and Best Buy, the Pacers host the IPS Values for Life Celebration at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The purpose of this celebration is to recognize & encourage those students who have demonstrated IPS' Four Core Values - Excellence, Scholarship, Respect and Courage.
Each year approximately 8,000 K-6th graders converge upon Bankers Life Fieldhouse where they are entertained with IPS and Radio Disney talent, Pacers and Fever players, local dignitaries and of course a Boomer Dunk Show to celebrate their year-long achievement.