Pacers Cares - Health

Pacers Cares Education Service and Health

Get Pacers Fit

As part of Pacers Sports & Entertainment's Health Initiative, the Indiana Pacers have developed Get Pacers Fit, presented by Kroger
and in partnership with Jump Kids Jump Movement and Fit City.

Responding to the continuing decline of physical education programs in many of our schools and the lack of physical activity in today's youth, the primary goal of Get Pacers Fit is to help children develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to adopt a physically active and healthy lifestyle. As part of Get Pacers Fit, the Pacers have launched an interactive fitness-focused website for children
found at Pacers.com. On the website, kids can learn what helps the Pacers stay fit, find nutritional recipes and get fun exercise tips. Teachers can visit the website to download the Get Pacers Fit and Food Guide Pyramid posters for their classroom to encourage and educate students.

The website will also feature an Exercise tip of the Month video featuring Pacers Strength and Conditioning Coach Shawn Windle and mascot Boomer. Each month a new video will be posted giving youngsters a new exercise that can be done without any equipment. Shawn and Boomer give a visual on the proper technique of the exercise along with what part of the body it benefits.

Another feature of the Get Pacers Fit program is "Boomer's Boot Camp". Pacers mascot Boomer will visit select schools to help instruct
students on making proper food choices and teach proper exercise techniques. For more information on the Indiana Fever's fitness
programs, log on to FeverBasketball.com. And for more fitness activities and ideas, visit Jump Kids Jump Movement or Fit City!

Breast Health Awareness

As part of Pacers Sports & Entertainment's Health Initiative, the Indiana Fever hosts a special Breast Health Awareness Night
presented by Community Health Network at a select Fever game.

During this special game, the Fever concentrates on bringing awareness to breast cancer. In conjunction with this special promotion,
the Fever conducts a health fair in Conseco Fieldhouse where several organizations distribute educational materials about breast
cancer. Pink ribbons and other giveaways are distributed, and breast cancer survivors are recognized during the pregame ball
exchange.

For more information on Breast Health Awareness Night visit Fever Basketball.

Heart Healthy Night

As part of Pacers Sports & Entertainment's Health Initiative, the Indiana Fever hosts Heart Healthy Night presented by Community
Health Network at a select Fever game.

Heart Healthy Night encourages women to learn more about heart health, and raises awareness of the risks of heart disease in women.

A cardiologist from The Indiana Heart Hospital conducts a pregame seminar about heart health, and a Heart Health Fair is offered on
the Main Concourse where fans can have their blood pressure tested among other screenings and public information opportunities.

For more information on Heart Healthy Night, visit Fever Basketball.

Riley Hospital for Children Basketball Buddies

The Indiana Pacers, in conjunction with Riley Hospital for Children present the Riley Hospital for Children Basketball Buddies.

Children from non-profit organizations are selected each game to participate in the program, allowing them to receive an autographed
mini-basketball from a member of the Pacers active roster.

In addition, each child receives a special Pacers goodie bag and the opportunity to be on-court with the Pacers players during the
national anthem.

Pacers Youth Basketball

As part of the Pacers Sports & Entertainment Health Initiative, the Indiana Pacers have launched a major new initiative geared toward supporting youth basketball throughout Indiana.

For more information on this initiative, click here.

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Scholarship and Grants

As part of Pacers Sports & Entertainment's Health Initiative, the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and Pacers Foundation provides Scholarships, Grants, Community Partnerships and tickets to assist students and non-profit organizations to achieve their health &
fitness goals. Included in these programs are the Be Healthy & Fit and Be Drug-Free Grants, as well as the Be An Achiever: Linda
Craig Memorial Scholarship.

For more information on the Pacers Foundation, visit Pacers Foundation.

Be Healthy and Fit

Based on a statewide community-needs assessment study, the Be Healthy & Fit grant is one of five funds that target the most pressing issues facing our kids today.

Obesity is now the most chronic health problem among U.S. children. A significant and rising percentage of children in Indiana are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, leading to a host of potential health problems, such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. Indiana currently ranks 16th among the most obese states in the nation.

Pacers Foundation supports the efforts of Indiana groups that help overweight and obese youth and/or those who are at serious risk of becoming overweight to make healthier choices with respect to diet and exercise; overweight and/or obese youth cope with the psychosocial effects of, and the stigma associated with, being overweight or obese; and educate schools and families about the root causes of obesity and the importance of nutrition and exercise in preventing and fighting obesity.

As such, school-based programs, health centers (including mental health programs focused on the psychosocial effects of childhood obesity), organizations focused on fighting and/or treating obesity, and groups focused on educating others about obesity should
consider applying. This does not mean, however, that we will not fund other types of organizations focused on youth obesity. The
bulleted points above simply refer to our priorities in this area.

For more information on the Be Healthy & Fit Grant of the Pacers Foundation, visit Pacers Foundation.

Be Drug Free

Based on a statewide community-needs assessment study, the Be Drug-Free grant is one of five funds that target the most pressing issues facing our kids today.

While overall drug use among youth is on the decline, the use of many drugs -- including inhalants, LSD, powder cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, heroin, and club drugs like Ketamine, Rohypnol, and GHB -- are not declining at all. Injection drugs are at an
all-time high for 12th grade Hoosiers, with the most commonly injected drugs for this group being heroin, methamphetamine and steroids.
Use of marijuana, tobacco and alcohol by Marion County eighth graders is significantly higher than state and national figures.

Pacers Foundation supports the efforts of Indiana groups that help Young substance abusers to achieve and maintain their sobriety;
youth who are at serious risk of substance abuse to stay drug and alcohol free; and educate high-risk youth about the potential
consequences of drug and/or alcohol abuse (chronic dependence and links to criminal behavior, high-risk sexual activity, etc.).

As such, substance abuse treatment programs, substance abuse education programs, counseling programs, after school programs
that focus on creating positive alternatives to "the streets," and other similarly focused groups should consider applying. This does not mean, however, that we will not fund other types of organizations focused on youth substance abuse. The bulleted points above simply refer to our priorities in this area.

For more information on the Be Drug-Free Grant of the Pacers Foundation, visit Pacers Foundation.

Be an Achiever: Linda Craig Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships help our communities. By focusing on kids who show promise in community service and academics, we are able to turn
kids into future leaders. Their positive decisions have brought them this far. But they still need encouragement.

Be an Achiever: Linda Craig Memorial Scholarship Presented by St. Vincent's Sports Medicine is awarded to deserving
undergraduate students enrolled in an Indiana college or university. We target students majoring in medicine or a related discipline who have completed at least four semesters.

For more information on the Be An Achiever: Linda Craig Memorial Scholarship of the Pacers Foundation, visit Pacers Foundation.