Be YOUnique Fund of Pacers Foundation

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Be YOUnique Fund of Pacers Foundation
The vision of the Indiana Fever's Be YOUnique Fund of Pacers Foundation, Inc., is to be recognized as a leading funding resource for programs that promote a strong self-image and encourage the development of valuable life skills among young women throughout the state of Indiana. Annual fundraising opportunities are conducted through each of the Indiana Pacers’ and Fever basketball franchises. Specific to the Be YOUnique Fund, organizations benefiting since 2001, among others, are the Children’s Bureau, Girls Incorporated® of Indianapolis, Girl Scouts, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and The Julian Center.

The Need

  • When elementary school girls were asked how often they felt "happy the way I am," 60 percent said always; by high school it fell to 29 precent. (NYU Child Study Center)

  • Approximately 1 in 5 girls experience physical or sexual dating violence. (Journal of the American Medical Association)

  • Approximately 40 percent of fourth graders have been on a diet. (Girl Power! An initiative of the US Department of Health and Human Services)

    What We're Doing About It
    Pacers Foundation supports the efforts of Indiana groups that:

  • Help girls build self-esteem during the crucial preteen and teenage years;
  • Promote positive body imagery among girls; and
  • Educate girls about dating violence and/or provide services to those who have experienced such violence.

    As such, school-based programs and other non-profit organizations focused on encouraging girls to Be YOUnique should consider applying for grant money from the Be YOUnique Fund. This does not mean, however, that we will not fund other types of organizations focused on empowering girls. The bulleted points above simply refer to our priorities in this area.

    For more information on the Be YOUnique Fund of Pacers Foundation, please call (317) 917-2864, email or visit

    Grant applications deadline is March 30.

    Be YOUunique Fund Bowling Tournament
    Another program is a successful bowling tournament to help raise funds for the Be YOUnique Fund of Pacers Foundation. The Fever has made its Be YOUnique Fund Bowling Tournament an annual event with Fever players and coaches participating on over 20 teams. The Be YOUnique Fund has raised nearly $56,000 from the bowling tournament since its inception in 2001.

    Give-A-Game Program
    Over the past five years, individuals and companies have purchased Fever season tickets and donated those tickets to the Pacers Foundation or another organization of their choice, allowing youth in the community to attend a Fever game. Last year, over 25,000 tickets were donated over the course of the Fever season.

    Pacers Foundation, Inc.
    Pacers Foundation, Inc., the public charity founded by Pacers Sports & Entertainment, is dedicated to improving the lives of Indiana's young people by building individual and corporate partnerships that will provide assistance for projects that benefit Indiana's youth. Since its inception in 1993, Pacers Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in cash and in-kind donations through grants to youth-serving organizations, scholarships and Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever tickets.

    Pacers Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of youth in the state of Indiana by inspiring and motivating them to become involved in community activities, take their education seriously, set personal goals, actualize their dreams and take responsibility for their own lives and neighborhoods.

    The Pacers Foundation also raises funds through special events such as the Monster Masquerade, Pacers Foundation Golf Outing presented by Marsh, memorabilia auctions, on-line auctions and the Fantasy Camp presented by Miller Lite.

    For more information on the Pacers Foundation, please call (317) 917-2864, email or visit