Indy Parks, Indianapolis Power & Light Company, Pacers Foundation Join to Renovate Basketball Courts Over Next Five Years

Offical Release | May 28, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Parks Foundation (IPF) announced today that the City of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) and Pacers Foundation on behalf of the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever, have committed $1.1 million to build, renovate or upgrade outdoor basketball courts in parks throughout Marion County.

This public-private partnership, over the next five years, will support half of the outdoor basketball court improvements needed throughout the parks system. Improvements will begin this year at Lentz, Olin, Parcel 15 and Thatcher parks.

“The City of Indianapolis is grateful for IPL, the Indiana Pacers and the Indiana Fever’s continued support of our city parks through the Indianapolis Parks Foundation,” said Mayor Ballard. “This public-private partnership is a testament to our ability to work together to achieve a better quality of life for our community.”

The announcement came as IPL, Pacers Foundation and city leaders broke ground at the Tamika Catchings Court, which will be installed this summer at Thatcher Park, located on the city’s west side. Catchings is starting forward for the Indiana Fever, 2012 WNBA Champions, Olympic gold medalist and founder of Catch the Stars Foundation.

“Indy is a great place to live, work and play and I am truly grateful that IPL, Pacers, Fever and Indy Parks have chosen to name this court in my honor,” said Catchings. “This court will serve as a tool for Catch the Stars Foundation programs which are geared to empower youth in Indy Parks and the community by promoting literacy, fitness and mentoring.”

Since 2002, IPL has generously supported the Indianapolis Parks Foundation as the presenting sponsor of the IPL Mayor’s Lunch for Parks which has raised more than $1 million to support the mission of the Parks Foundation. On Wednesday, June 12, more than 300 IPL employees will participate in the 3rd Annual IPL Day in the Parks. Volunteers will spend the day working to improve and beautify Thatcher, Krannert, Gustafson, Rev. Mozel Sanders, Olin, Denver and Watkins Parks.

“IPL is committed to community service and improving the quality of life in our community through beautification efforts,” said Kelly Huntington, Senior Vice President and CFO of IPL. “As one of the most frequently used amenities in parks, outdoor basketball courts encourage healthy lifestyles, deter crime and offer an alternative for our at-risk youth and young adults.”

“The Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever are great representatives of Indiana’s game, and are proud to partner in this initiative to improve basketball courts across the city,” said Rick Fuson, Pacers Foundation chair and Chief Operating Officer of Pacers Spots & Entertainment. “The core purposes of this organization are winning championships and serving community, so we are pleased to invest in our parks, our community and our youth.”

The Indianapolis Parks Foundation is committed to improving more outdoor basketball courts in need of renovation. To become a partner or make a donation email LHazlett@indyparksfoundation.org

About the Indianapolis Parks Foundation

The Indianapolis Parks Foundation seeks financial support from community partners such as service organizations, corporations and individuals to purchase land, develop new parks, maintain existing parks, upgrade park facilities and provide support to programs benefitting children, families and seniors throughout Indianapolis. To learn more, visit www.indyparksfoundation.org or call (317) 860-3253.

About Indy Parks & Recreation

The mission of Indy Parks & Recreation is to create fun, safe, engaging and sustainable parks that enhance the quality of life for individuals, neighborhoods and communities. Indy Parks will be a national model of excellence and destination for facilities and programs, protecting parks, greenways and open spaces and championing environmental initiatives. For more information, visit www.indy.gov/parks or call (317) 327-PARK.

About Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) provides retail electric service to more than 470,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Indianapolis, as well as portions of other Central Indiana communities surrounding Marion County. During its long history, IPL has supplied its customers with some of the lowest-cost, most reliable power in the country. For more information about the company, please visit www.IPLpower.com.

About Catch the Stars Foundation

The Catch the Stars Foundation empowers youth to achieve their dreams by providing goal-setting programs that promote fitness, literacy and youth development. Our programs are targeted to youth throughout Indianapolis, with a specific emphasis on supporting and assisting under-served and low to-moderate income communities throughout our city. For more information about Catch the Stars Foundation, visit www.catchthestars.org or call (317) 329-8424.