On Saturday, Indiana PacersAll-Star center, Roy Hibbert, held the opening round of his “Area 55″ initiative. The contest, which caters to the most wild and most passionate Pacer fans, will be entering its third year. Hibbert, who recently signed a max contract to stay in Indiana with the Pacers, will foot the bill for an entire 55-seat section of season tickets for these die-hard fans who bleed blue and gold.
Hibbert has shown his appreciation to “Area 55″ in other ways, as well. Aside from providing season tickets to these outrageous and raucous Pacers fans, Hibbert has also set up laser tag competitions, movie screenings, and even offered up an opportunity to sweat their way through an MMA workout with the Indiana All-Star. Applications for “Area 55″ can still be submitted online at Pacers.com/area55.
The fact that Hibbert shows this kind of love to dedicated Pacers fans is indicative of the type of team that has been built in and around this organization. The Pacers are constantly doing charitable efforts in the local community, whether its hosting their annual Thanksgiving service at Bankers Life Fieldhouse or filling up tanks for free at a local gas station.
Hibbert’s generosity rubs off on the community and the Pacers franchise. This team battled bad press and bad attitudes for the better part of the last decade, but in the end, these good deeds will pay off for every fan and every member of the team that is involved.