Mar 26, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) warms up before the game against the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Hibbert Blood and Bone Marrow Drive Taking Place Monday

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As part of their commitment to the National Basketball Association, the Indiana Pacers organization and the community, players are counted upon to take part in giving back to the less fortunate.

Speaking of fortunate, citizens of the state of Indiana and fans across the country should be proud of what the Pacers and those inside the organization do within our community.

One of the ways the blue and gold help give back is through the Roy Hibbert Blood and Bone Marrow Drive. The event, which has taken place previously, is returning to Bankers Life Fieldhouse this Monday, March 31, inside of the Indiana University Health Entry Pavilion.

Not only is the event suited for a good cause, but those who participate in the event will receive one free ticket to the game that night against the San Antonio Spurs (while supplies last).

Hibbert is teaming up with the Indiana Blood Center for the event, which is in its second year.

Participants are asked to arrive at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this coming Monday, March 31, anytime from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Those who appear during the hours of the event will have the opportunity to donate blood through the Indiana Blood Center and also join the bone marrow registry through Be The Match.

Roy Hibbert is expected to be in attendance for the event downtown, with other appearance from the Indiana Pacemates and Boomer, the team’s mascot.

“I’m calling on all Pacers fans to give back,” said Hibbert. “Donating blood and joining the bone marrow

registry are two simple actions that both have a lifesaving impact on hospital patients. Show your

Pacers pride by joining us in our tradition of making a difference right here in our community.”

Events like this go beyond the hardwood and stand out among folks who view the profession as more than a sport. It’s truly a good deed when guys like Hibbert and others do their part in the community and have done such a tremendous job of meshing with the fans.

**Walk-ins for the blood and bone marrow drive are welcome, but appointments are encouraged at www.indianablood.org. Complimentary parking for donors will be available in the Virginia Avenue parking garage.

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