INDIANAPOLIS – Hawthorne Community Center was recently named as one of just 21 organizations in the state of Indiana to be selected by the NBA All-Star 2021 Host Committee to receive an All-Star Legacy Grant, the $1 million initiative focused on youth-serving nonprofit organizations across Indiana. In connection with NBA All-Star 2021 in Indianapolis next February, the initiative provides grants up to $50,000 for each of the selected 21 brick-and- mortar projects focused on health and wellness or education.
Hawthorne Community Center is partnering with Crossroads Education to create a learning lab that will combine technology, room design, and STEM programming for a learning environment for students to improve academic performance and confidence.
“The Legacy Grant provides Hawthorne Community Center the opportunity to provide high-quality programming to young people during out-of-school time,” said Caleb Sutton, Executive Director of Hawthorne Community Center. “The support through this grant will allow Hawthorne to create a space and programming that will empower young people to build skills in science, technology, engineering and math. Young people in our community will have access to high quality programming, focused on making long-term impact, thanks to the support of the Legacy Grant.”
About Hawthorne Community Center
Hawthorne Community Center, a community-based, 501(c)3 non-for-profit located at 2440 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, was founded in 1923 by civic-minded community members with the purpose of providing vital services that meet community needs. A stalwart fixture on the near west side of the city for over 96 years, its mission has been to provide or facilitate services and programs that meet the economic, educational, and recreational needs of the entire Hawthorne Community. Today, Hawthorne exists for the same purpose, and while the needs have changed Hawthorne’s robust program offerings and participation reflect a strong, successful work history within the community.
The NBA has been an integral part of Hawthorne’s history, through the Indiana Pacers. In 2013, the Pacers were on-hand to unveil the Pacers Learn and Play Center. Pacers president Jim Morris and star Paul George unveiled the new Pacers Learn and Play Center. The Pacemates, Boomer and former Pacers players Darnell Hillman and Fred Jones also attended the celebration.