The Indiana Pacers had lost five of their last six games before getting a much-needed home win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against a depleted Dallas Mavericks squad on Friday night. The victory was a necessity for this Indiana team, who has struggled mightily through this early season. Not only was the win inspirational for the team, but was also inspired by their community.
The Pacers purchased tickets to Friday night’s game for all of the families who were affected by a house explosion on the south side of Indianapolis last weekend. Along with the tickets to the game, the families affected by the tragedy were treated to dinner, as well as a post-game meet-and-greet.
On Thursday evening, the Pacers also sponsored their 15th annual “Come To Our House” Thanksgiving dinner presented by US Foods, and the tipoff to the NBA Cares Season of Giving campaign. Nearly 800 people were in attendance, to have a warm holiday meal, served up by starting power forward David West, his wife, and the Pacers organization. Everyone who was treated to the early Thanksgiving dinner at Bankers life Fieldhouse Thursday night also received a ticket to a future Pacers’ home game.
Wins are obviously a big thing in professional sports. Sometimes the important things that happen off of the court help a team to focus on what happens on the court. Although the Indiana Pacers have been struggling, they still have the heart and mind to focus on their game, as well as helping those who are struggling in their community.