NBA All-Star 2024 24 Hours of Service

NBA All-Star Host Committee and NBA Announce 24 Hours of Service Partnership During NBA All-Star in Indianapolis

– Seeking 6,000 volunteers to sign up for 90-minute shifts to assemble meal packs at Lucas Oil Stadium –

– Project aligns with the NBA and Pacers Sports & Entertainment’s efforts to address food insecurity and reflects the NBA’s commitment to making NBA All-Star 2024 the most community-centric ever –

INDIANAPOLIS, December 19, 2023 – The NBA All-Star 2024 Host Committee, in partnership with the NBA and the Million Meal Movement, announced today that one million meals will be packed through 24 Hours of Service, a new take on the 14th annual NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service during NBA All-Star 2024 in Indianapolis. The effort will run continuously from 4 p.m. Thursday, February 15, to 4 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2024, and will involve 6,000 volunteers packing one million meals for Indiana residents experiencing hunger.

"The game of basketball is unparalleled in its ability to bring people together particularly during All-Star," said Kathy Behrens, President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs at the NBA. "Service and volunteerism are core to who we are at the NBA, and we look forward to working with Pacers Sports & Entertainment and the Million Meal Movement to bring this to life in a new way in Indianapolis."

“In Indy, we approach NBA All-Star as a way to not only celebrate the greatest players in the world, but also as a chance to focus on our community, support our neighbors, and make a meaningful, sustainable impact in the community,” said Rick Fuson, Chief Executive Officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment and the Chairman of the NBA All-Star 2024 Board of Directors. “We are excited about bringing thousands of volunteers together to help address food insecurity in our state, and we look forward to once again setting a new standard for how sports can be leveraged toward a common good.”

More than 6,000 volunteers are needed to assist with the effort, and the NBA All-Star 2024 Host Committee is asking Hoosiers to sign up for one of nine shifts at https://givebutter.com/NBAAllStarDayofService. Volunteers will assemble meal packs at Lucas Oil Stadium during 90-minute shifts over the 24-hour period, packages that will be distributed through food banks across the state. Children six and older are welcome to participate if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The project reflects the NBA and Pacers Sports & Entertainment’s commitment to addressing food insecurity, one of the most pervasive obstacles facing Hoosier families. In Marion County alone, nearly a quarter of a million residents face food insecurity every day, and it is an issue that disproportionately impacts families of color. 24 Hours of Service is a chance for individuals and organizations across sectors to come together to make a tangible community-level impact.

“The NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service is an incredible opportunity for Hoosiers to give back in a big way, with thousands of community members coming together in the spirit of volunteerism to pack meals that will benefit Indiana food banks and food pantries,” said Nancy Hintz, Executive Director at Million Meal Movement. “We’re grateful to the NBA and Pacers Sports & Entertainment for this opportunity and look forward to fighting hunger at home with the phenomenal fans taking part in NBA All-Star 2024 in Indianapolis.”

The NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service is an annual opportunity for fans and volunteers in each host city to make lasting change in their communities. It reinforces the commitment of the NBA to ensuring NBA All-Star is bigger than basketball and leaves a lasting impact off the court.

The Host Committee and the NBA have worked to make NBA All-Star 2024 the most community-centric ever, with greater opportunities for people to participate in activities surrounding the event. During an October press conference with Commissioner Silver in Indianapolis, Pacers owner and alternate governor Steve Simon announced the Host Committee, PS&E, and the NBA would also be partnering to refurbish the gymnasium, wellness space, and STEM lab at Christamore House on the city’s west side.

For more information on 24 Hours of Service, visit www.Pacers.com/mealpack.