PS&E Partnerships and Activities Encourage Hoosiers to Dream Big for Black History Month

Feb 02 // 2021

Pacers Sports & Entertainment today announced the continuation of Dream Big, a series of service and learning opportunities for Black History Month aimed at inspiring community action even beyond February’s 28 days. Activities during February align to PS&E’s Social Justice Agenda and include a day of service in support of local educators, a symposium for youth coaches changing lives through sports, and an effort to increase awareness of Indianapolis’ special connection to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.

The effort and investment needed to assist our vulnerable neighbors and help build our community must go well beyond 28 days. Together, we must dream bigger and change the way we learn, grow, invest, and lead if we are going to make lasting change. I am encouraged that the action we began in June of last year continues during Black History Month and inspires ongoing year-round solutions.

Rick Fuson, PS&E President & COO

Throughout Black History Month, PS&E will engage in a month-long campaign to raise awareness about the Kennedy-King Memorial Initiative, which commemorates the powerful message of hope and unity Robert F. Kennedy delivered in Indianapolis just hours after learning about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Kennedy’s speech is widely credited for being instrumental in helping to maintain peace and calm tensions in America’s cities that evening and is recognized as one of the great speeches in American history. With support of the Pacers Foundation and other local partners, the Landmark for Peace, which has since been named a National Commemorative Site, was erected at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on 17th Street in Indianapolis in 1995.

Additionally, PS&E will conduct the Black History Month Coaches Symposium on February 23, 2021, from 6:30pm-8pm. The symposium will include a panel discussion on the power of sports to create community-level change and will feature Pacers head coach Nate Bjorkgren, Fever head coach Marianne Stanley, Pacers color analyst and Indiana basketball great Quinn Buckner, and more. Immediately following, Pacers pre-game and post-game analyst and former NBA player Eddie Gill will conduct a virtual skills clinic for youth coaches around the state. The Coaches Symposium is open to the public, and more information will be available on the teams’ social media channels and websites.

Finally, Dream Big will include a day of service for PS&E staff in support of Teacher’s Treasures, an Indianapolis organization dedicated to providing teachers in local schools the resources they need for their students and classrooms. PS&E and partners will stock shelves, sort backpacks, prepare hygiene kits for students, and collect donations for this important community-based nonprofit.

For more information on Dream Big activities and PS&E’s other community engagement efforts, click here.