Today the Indiana Fever, Indiana Pacers, Indy Eleven, Indy Fuel, Indianapolis Colts, Indianapolis Indians, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will volunteer their time in local classrooms to impact students through junior achievement programs. Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their future success.

“Pacers Sports & Entertainment is excited to partner with Junior Achievement alongside other local professional sports teams to serve students in our community,” said Brent Rockwood, SVP, Corporate, Community and Public Relations of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “By working together to remove barriers and provide opportunities for our youth to have a successful future, we are helping to build the next generation of leaders.”

Members of the seven Indianapolis sports teams and other community leaders will spend the day teaching hands-on, interactive curriculum to K-5 students teaching them about personal finance, career paths, entrepreneurship and employability skills that prepare them to succeed in school and in life. A total of 16 classrooms will be participating, impacting more than 400 students at Sand Creek Elementary and Christel House West Academy.

“We are excited to be a part of Junior Achievement, along with many of our sports brethren in the city, and have kids have direct interaction with our staff as a part of our commitment to community outreach,” said Joshua Mason, VP of Sales & Marketing, Indy Eleven Professional Soccer.

Local sports leaders will spend the entire day with students, serving as inspiring role models by giving them an appreciation for the value of education and the critical role it plays in achieving future goals. Volunteers will go beyond the classroom by providing memorable ways to thank and highlight the important role of teachers and educators. Teams will provide student giveaways and bring special guests to make the day even more impactful.

“JA is thrilled to have established a strong partnership with local sports teams to educate and inspire students to own their future success. This JA Day event is an exciting opportunity to make a big difference in the lives of these young students in a single day,” said Jennifer Burk, JA’s President and CEO.

JA anticipates reaching more than 35,000 students in central Indiana during the 2018-2019 school year.

“A major pillar of the Colts mission is to inspire and unite our friends and neighbors around fostering positive change in communities across Indiana, particularly for young Hoosiers,” said Kalen Jackson, Colts vice-chair and owner.  “That’s why the Colts are so happy to partner with our fellow Indiana sports organizations to support this special day as well as Junior Achievement’s amazing work with young people throughout the year.”

The Indianapolis Sports Day is a part of a yearlong initiative by Junior Achievement to celebrate its centennial year. This initiative, in partnership with the Indy Chamber, will impact 100 schools by providing volunteers from 100 businesses to reach over 100,000 students in the state of Indiana.

”The Indy Fuel are honored to join Junior Achievement and our fellow sports teams as part of this special day of learning and personal development,” Fuel President & COO Larry McQueary said. “As an organization we are fortunate to have the opportunity to make a difference in our community and are excited to join this collaborative effort to showcase the many unique skills and opportunities the sports industry provides.”

“We fully support Junior Achievement’s mission of preparing Central Indiana youth for a future career, no matter the path,” said Indianapolis Indians President and General Manager Randy Lewandowski. “There’s nothing more important than an education. We’re committed to supporting the children in our community by volunteering and providing resources to help them grow into our leaders of tomorrow.”

“We’re thrilled to support this important initiative alongside our fellow Indy sports organizations. This program provides a wonderful opportunity to work with our local schools and community partners to open more pathways to success for our students,” said Allison Melangton, Senior Vice President of Hulman Motorsports.