Our mission is to promote the development and well being of youth and families within our community through Fever Cares, with a particular focus on Education, Service & Health. We support this mission by providing the practical tools necessary to enrich the lives of our community and develop and implement resourceful and valuable programs that contribute directly to our Core Purpose.
At Pacers Sports & Entertainment, our Core Purpose is Winning Championships & Serving Community.
We will support our Core Purpose and Mission by focusing on four core values: Teamwork, Commitment, Pride and Respect.
Goals and Objectives
To support our Core Purpose and Mission, Pacers Sports & Entertainment’s goals and objectives include:
To support our Core Purpose and Mission, Pacers Sports & Entertainment’s goals and objectives include:
- Stimulate love of learning and reading in young people by providing them with access to books & technology
- Engage in community partnerships to continue to bring public awareness to the value of education & literacy
- Target and address issues facing today’s youth.
Get Fever FitAs part of the Pacers Sports & Entertainment's Health Initiative and WNBA Fit program the Get Fever Fit program presented by the US Army holds monthly Get Fever Fit clinics throughout the WNBA season. In these clinics, Fever coaches, players and/or Fever staff along with a US Army Sergeant teach proper exercise techniques, show how being active can be fun with basketball drills and teach about healthy living styles including eating and exercise habits. These clinics are normally about one hour in length and vary in amount of children depending on gym size.
The WNBA will embrace its responsibility as the preeminent women’s professional sports league with powerful role models to continue to deliver important messages and program related to the areas of health, fitness, nutrition and self esteem. WNBA Fit will encourage teens and women of all ages to learn more about their bodies and the importance of physical fitness. Programming has been developed to encourage teens and women to get started on “being fit” through small changes in their daily regimen. For more information on how to participate in a Get Fever Fit clinic please call 317-917-2500 and ask to speak to a member of the Fever community relations staff. In addition, as part of Pacers Sports & Entertainment’s Health Initiative, the Indiana Pacers participates in and hosts a variety of “Boomer’s Boot Camp: events throughout the community and have launched an interactive fitness-focused website for children. For more information on the Get Pacers Fit program, visit pacers.com
Breast Health AwarenessAs part of Pacers Sports & Entertainment's Health Initiative and WNBA Breast Health Awareness Initiative, the Indiana Fever hosts a special Breast Health Awareness Night presented by Community Health Network at a select Fever game. During this special game, the Fever concentrates on bringing awareness to breast cancer. In conjunction with this special promotion, the Fever conducts a health fair in Conseco Fieldhouse where several organizations distribute educational materials about breast cancer. Pink ribbons and other giveaways are distributed, and breast cancer survivors are recognized during the pregame ball exchange. The WNBA Breast Health Awareness program focuses on generating awareness and educating women about breast cancer in addition to raising funds for the initiate. More than $2 million was raised by the WNBA, its players and teams to help fight breast cancer through Breast Health Awareness programs. For more information on the WNBA Breast Health Awareness Initiative visit wnba.com. For more information on how your organization can be part of the Community Health Breast Health Awareness Health Fair please call 317-917-2500 and ask to speak to a member of the Fever community relations staff.
Heart Healthy NightAs part of Pacers Sports & Entertainment's Health Initiative, the Indiana Fever hosts Heart Healthy Night presented by Community Health Network at a select Fever game. Heart Healthy Night encourages women to learn more about heart health, and raises awareness of the risks of heart disease in women. A cardiologist from The Indiana Heart Hospital conducts a pregame seminar about heart health, and a Heart Health Fair is offered on the Main Concourse where fans can have their blood pressure tested among other screenings and public information opportunities. For more information on the WNBA's Go Red for Women program, visit wnba.com.
Choices for Champions2010 will be the second Indiana Fever Choices for Champions program in conjunction with the Fever preseason game on May 7th. Prior to the Fever Kids Day Preseason Game the Indiana Fever will bring in local celebrities along with Fever players to talk about making healthy choices in life. The main topics will include choices about education, healthy eating and exercising and having a healthy self-esteem. For more information on how your class can attend the 2010 Choices for Champions please call 317-917-2500 and ask to speak to a Group Events Specialist or a member of the Fever community relations staff.
Self-Esteem SeminarSince its inaugural season in 2000, the Fever has welcomed young girls from Indianapolis Public Schools at the team's Self-Esteem Seminar. One of the franchise's primary community relations initiatives, the purpose of the seminar each year is to help boost self-esteem, to help avoid drug use, alcoholism, teen pregnancy and crime. Usually held in April prior to the start of training camp, several players participate in the seminar in conjunction with prominent women in the Indianapolis community who help comprise the Fever Advisory Team.
Choose RespectChoose Respect is an initiative that that encourages young men and women to make every effort in forming healthy and respectful relationships with one another. It is founded on the research maintained by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These relationships are especially important as young people get older and begin dating. Since 2007, the CDC has worked with the WNBA to promote this initiative to young fans. The Fever also work locally with INCASA to bring the "choose respect" message to Indiana youth.
Healthy HoopsHealthy Hoops® is an innovative health education and management program for children and their families. This NCQA-recognized program uses basketball as a platform to teach your members how to manage a variety of disease states. To do this, the program uses a coalition of local health care providers and community organizations coupled with full physical screenings, individualized health action plans and targeted health education. The result is proven improved health outcomes for them and decreased utilization and cost for you. The first Healthy Hoops clinic took place on August 15, in which the Indiana Fever hosted a Healthy Hoops event prior to that night's Fever game. Healthy Hoops provided health screenings, followed by a kid's basketball clinic led by Pacers legend Darnell Hillman and former Pacers player Sam Perkins. For more information on Healthy Hoops visit Healthy Hoops.
Pacers Youth BasketballAs part of the Pacers Sports & Entertainment Health Initiative, the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever have launched a major new initiative geared toward supporting youth basketball throughout Indiana. For more information on this initiative, click here (this link should take you to the Pacers Youth Basketball page Indiana.
Scholarships & GrantsAs part of Pacers Sports & Entertainment's Health Initiative, the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and Pacers Foundation provides Scholarships, Grants, Community Partnerships and tickets to assist students and non-profit organizations to achieve their health & fitness goals. Included in these programs are the Be Healthy & Fit and Be Drug-Free Grants, as well as the Be An Achiever: Linda Craig Memorial Scholarship. For more information on the Pacers Foundation, visit Pacers Foundation.
Be Healthy FitBased on a statewide community-needs assessment study, the Be Healthy & Fit grant is one of five funds that target the most pressing issues facing our kids today. Obesity is now the most chronic health problem among U.S. children. A significant and rising percentage of children in Indiana are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, leading to a host of potential health problems, such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. Indiana currently ranks 16th among the most obese states in the nation. Pacers Foundation supports the efforts of Indiana groups that help overweight and obese youth and/or those who are at serious risk of becoming overweight to make healthier choices with respect to diet and exercise; overweight and/or obese youth cope with the psychosocial effects of, and the stigma associated with, being overweight or obese; and educate schools and families about the root causes of obesity and the importance of nutrition and exercise in preventing and fighting obesity. As such, school-based programs, health centers (including mental health programs focused on the psychosocial effects of childhood obesity), organizations focused on fighting and/or treating obesity, and groups focused on educating others about obesity should consider applying. This does not mean, however, that we will not fund other types of organizations focused on youth obesity. The bulleted points above simply refer to our priorities in this area. For more information on the Be Healthy & Fit Grant of the Pacers Foundation, visit Pacers Foundation.
Be Drug FreeBased on a statewide community-needs assessment study, the Be Drug-Free grant is one of five funds that target the most pressing issues facing our kids today. While overall drug use among youth is on the decline, the use of many drugs -- including inhalants, LSD, powder cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, heroin, and club drugs like Ketamine, Rohypnol, and GHB -- are not declining at all. Injection drugs are at an all-time high for 12th grade Hoosiers, with the most commonly injected drugs for this group being heroin, methamphetamine and steroids. Use of marijuana, tobacco and alcohol by Marion County eighth graders is significantly higher than state and national figures. Pacers Foundation supports the efforts of Indiana groups that help Young substance abusers to achieve and maintain their sobriety; youth who are at serious risk of substance abuse to stay drug and alcohol free; and educate high-risk youth about the potential consequences of drug and/or alcohol abuse (chronic dependence and links to criminal behavior, high-risk sexual activity, etc.). As such, substance abuse treatment programs, substance abuse education programs, counseling programs, after school programs that focus on creating positive alternatives to "the streets," and other similarly focused groups should consider applying. This does not mean, however, that we will not fund other types of organizations focused on youth substance abuse. The bulleted points above simply refer to our priorities in this area. For more information on the Be Drug-Free Grant of the Pacers Foundation, visit Pacers Foundation.
Be An Achiever: Linda Craig Memorial ScholarshipScholarships help our communities. By focusing on kids who show promise in community service and academics, we are able to turn kids into future leaders. Their positive decisions have brought them this far. But they still need encouragement. Be an Achiever: Linda Craig Memorial Scholarship Presented by St. Vincent's Sports Medicine is awarded to deserving undergraduate students enrolled in an Indiana college or university. We target students majoring in medicine or a related discipline who have completed at least four semesters. For more information on the Be An Achiever: Linda Craig Memorial Scholarship of the Pacers Foundation, visit Pacers Foundation.