INDIANAPOLIS — Twenty-one organizations were awarded an All-Star Legacy Grant by the NBA All-Star 2021 Host Committee.
The 21 projects will impact an estimated 90,000 kids across Indiana, thanks to the $1 million initiative focused on youth-serving nonprofit organizations.
“The 21 organizations take on and empower young people,” said Todd Jacobson, NBA Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility. “They take on the challenges that face our communities, and they lead with the values of teamwork, inclusion, respect, and quality.”
Some of the recipients include A Kid Again, Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County, and Chances and Services in Terre Haute among others.
A Kid Again will be collaborating with Independence Park in Greenwood to provide an all-accessible playground for those with disabilities, while Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County will renovate space in its center to become a Launching Center with STEM activities for elementary kids plus Project Lead the Way for high school students.
“I think the legacy programs are certainly proving positive of how we can impact lives and communities together,” said Rick Fuson, Founding Chairman of the All-Star Board of Directors.
The 21 projects will be constructed and completed before the NBA All-Star 2021 game.
“Basketball is a part of the DNA of Indiana, serving as a common language for residents of all ages and backgrounds. These 21 legacy projects showcase our community’s commitment to future generations while also celebrating the history and heritage of basketball in our state leading up to NBA All-Star 2021,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Through this $1 million investment in youth-serving organizations, we are leveraging our role as the host of this world-class event and putting into action the sentiment that ‘we grow basketball here.’”