Oct 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings signs autographs at the conclusion of the victory celebration after the Fever won the 2012 WNBA Championship. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Pacers Foundation Hands Out Over $100k in Grants, Scholarships

Indiana Pacers players, coaches, and executives have all been raising awareness — and let’s hope money — for ALS research by taking the Ice Bucket Challenge. Now, the Pacers Foundation is also doling out cash for some good causes.

The foundation announced that it will be awarding $118,000 in grants (to 13 organizations) and scholarships (six $2,500 scholarships) to local groups and students. Three of the grants are the Indiana Fever’s BeYounique Fund, which was established to support programs for girls.

Rick Fuson, chief operating officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment and chair of the foundation’s board, noted that much of the assistance will benefit young people in need.  “Our ability to give back to these incredibly deserving community organizations is fulfilling and heartwarming,” said Fuson.

The following organization all received grants:

  • LaPlaza (college mentoring)
  • Social Health Association (anti-bullying)
  • Ronald McDonald House (hospital stays for the poor)
  • Catch The Stars Foundation (organization of Tamika Catchings)
  • HANDS in Autism (training/resource center at IUPUI)
  • Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis
  • Coburn Place Safe Haven
  • Christamore House
  • Sheltering Wings
  • Arts for Learning
  • Kids’ Voice in Indiana
  • Restoring Lives West
  • Young Actors Theatre

The six Linda Craig Memorial scholarships (named for the wife of former Pacers trainer David Craig) were awarded to college kids studying athletic training or sports medicine.

They will go to:

  • Steven Stashevsky (IUPUI)
  • Elliott Reiff (Anderson University)
  • Katye Clark (Purdue University)
  • Trevor Schrock (University of Evansville)
  • Allison Riley (University of Indianapolis)
  • Jessica Burger (Ball State University)

Those interested in applying for a 2015-16 scholarship can visit the Pacers Foundation website or contact the foundation by calling 317-917-2781 or emailing Bill Benner at [email protected]

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