Pacers Foundation Awards Over $50,000 in Grants and Scholarships

INDIANAPOLIS – At its fourth quarter board meeting, the Pacers Foundation awarded $50,000 in grants to seven agencies.

They include a grant to Pacers guard C.J. Watson’s Quiet Storm Foundation, which supports a writing and speech program for Indianapolis-area youth that culminates in a recognition luncheon for participants in February at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  

The Foundation also provided a grant to The Cure Starts Now Foundation in honor of former Lawrenceburg, Ind., basketball star Lauren Hill, who is suffering from a form of pediatric brain cancer. Hill, her parents, friends and teammates, were recognized at an Indiana Pacers’ preseason game. Hill also was made an honorary member of the WNBA Indiana Fever.       

The Foundation also voted to again support Team Smile, an event that will take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in February and provide dental screening and treatment for several hundred Indianapolis-area youth.

Other grants approved:

  • Alternatives Incorporated, Anderson, in support of a shelter for victims of domestic violence.
  • Assistance League of Indianapolis, which provides shoes and clothing to underserved youth.
  • Center for Leadership Development, Indianapolis, which provides academic assistance and college preparation for minority students.
  • College Mentors for Kids, Indianapolis, which provides college students as mentors for underserved high school youth.
  • Concord Neighborhood Center, Indianapolis, in support of technology curriculum for an after-school program.

“The Pacers Foundation is pleased to provide much-needed assistance to these deserving agencies and causes,” said Foundation chairperson Rick Fuson. “They are on the front line of providing hope and help for those who need it most, especially our youth.”

For more information, go to Pacersfoundation.org.