Indiana Pacers Annual Coat Drive to Benefit HealthNet Homeless Initiative Program


The Pacers, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Republic Waste Services are teaming for the annual Pacers Coat Drive benefiting the HealthNet Homeless Initiative Program.

Fans are encouraged donate a new or gently-used coat at two Indianapolis-area Dick’s Sporting Goods locations on Saturday, December 19. Between 2-3 p.m. donations will be accepted at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Plainfield location, 339 Metropolis Mile, and between 4-5 p.m. donations will be accepted at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Castleton location, 6020 E. 82nd St. Indiana Pacers’ point guard T.J. Ford will be on hand to visit with participants.

In return, participants will receive one Pacers game ticket per coat donated, with a maximum of two tickets per person, to the Pacers’ game vs. Hawks game on Dec. 26 and an autograph from T.J. Ford.

For more than 20 years, HealthNet’s Homeless Initiative Program (HIP) has helped homeless persons in Marion County reach a level of independence consistent with their goals and capabilities for health and well-being. Last year, 2,430 homeless persons benefited from HIP’s multi-disciplinary approach to coordinate and provide housing, health care, outreach, employment, and support services to the homeless in Marion County.