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Indiana Sports Corp. Awards 18 CHAMPS Grant Recipients

April 24, 2015 Leave a comment
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Indiana Sports Corporation. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation

Eighteen youth-serving organizations throughout Indiana have been selected as Susan Williams CHAMPS (Champions in Life) Grant recipients, awarded annually by Indiana Sports Corp.

Susan Williams CHAMPS Grants support organizations that provide underserved youth with the opportunity to participate in sports, fitness activities and life skills programming. The Susan Williams CHAMPS Grants are funded by the net proceeds of the annual Youthlinks Indiana Charity Golf Tournament and contributions by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, Samerian Foundation, and United Water.

In September of 2012, Indiana Sports Corp renamed the CHAMPS Grant Program to the Susan Williams CHAMPS Grant program. The renaming recognizes the significant contributions of Susan Williams, who retired as the president of Indiana Sports Corp after more than seven years in the position. At Indiana Sports Corp, Williams made impacting the lives of youth a priority, helping to grow the number of youth influenced by Sports Corp programming significantly.

“Indiana Sports Corp’s mission includes encouraging opportunities for the young people in our community,” said Ryan Vaughn, Indiana Sports Corp president. The ability to support organizations that teach life skills and promote fitness through sports is a key initiative in fulfilling that mission. We greatly appreciate what these organizations do for young people each and every day, and we are proud to contribute to their impact.”

This year, grants have been awarded to organizations serving youth in the following Indiana counties: Boone, Clay, Delaware, Dubois, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Jefferson, Johnson, Lake, Lawrence, Marion, Morgan, Monroe, Madison, Morgan, Putnam, Randolph, Shelby, Vigo, Wayne, and Whitley.

Since 1988, Youthlinks Indiana has generated more than $6.5 million that have been reinvested to support various youth sports programs and initiatives. A total of 230 youth-serving organizations have received more than $2 million in CHAMPS Grants since 1988. This year’s Susan Williams CHAMPS Grants are divided among 18 organizations that serve 5,374 youth.

The 28th Annual Youthlinks Indiana Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by Indiana Sports Corp, tees off on Monday, June 22 at the Sagamore Golf Club of Noblesville, Ind. The tournament will consist of morning and afternoon shotgun tee times. Teams will compete in a scramble-style tournament over the 18-hole course. Youthlinks Indiana is presented by CNO Financial Group.

The Sagamore Golf Club was designed by PGA Tour legend Jack Nicklaus and previously was a Top Ten Best New Private Courses in America by Golf Digest. For more information and to register for this year’s Youthlinks Indiana, contact Craig Lippincott at (317) 237-5034 or clippincott@indianasportscorp.org. Additional event information can be found at www.IndianaSportsCorp.org.

In 2014 alone, Indiana Sports Corp impacted 118,000 youth through programming such as Susan Williams CHAMPS Grants, the Geared for Health: Sports Equipment for Kids program, youth clinics, and other initiatives.

2015 Susan Williams CHAMPS Grant Recipients

Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc. – Agape Summer at Bradford Woods

Students of Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources are able to attain physical, mental, and emotional benefits through equine assisted activities and therapies. The Agape Summer Program at Bradford Woods will impact 603 youth: Stirrup Success, Agape Adventures and Special Olympics of Hamilton County.

Boys and Girls Club of Harrison-Crawford Counties – After Hours Rock Climbing

The Boys and Girls Club of Harrison-Crawford Counties enables young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. 120 youth will have the chance to experience the impact of the Boys and Girls Club through the After Hours Rock Climbing program.

Camptown, Inc. – Experience Nature

Experience Nature will provide an outdoor experience to 750 students. Partner organizations will have the opportunity to choose a day hike, a day canoe trip, a camp day, a teambuilding day, or a week of backpacking as enrichment to their summer program. Each Camptown program provides an opportunity for youth to experience the benefits of nature. Youth unplug from electronics and plug into nature. Students learn about themselves and their world by actively engaging in nature with their peers. In a Camptown program, youth will hike, canoe, camp, backpack and explore while learning essential life skills.

Children’s Better Health Institute – Forever-Fit Summer Camp

Forever-Fit Summer Camp engages, educates and encourages youth and their families to adopt a healthier lifestyle. FFSC focuses on long-term behavioral change, not a quick fix for rapid weight loss. FFSC strives to equip campers with the tools they need to thrive in today’s world as active, healthy adults. Camp will impact 35 kids and their families each summer.

Concord Neighborhood Center – The Ride of a Lifetime

Concord Neighborhood Center has been a cornerstone of the south side community for more than 130 years. In partnership with Marian University’s Indy Cycloplex, 72 youth in Concord’s summer day camp program will have the opportunity to participate in a week-long cycling camp, called the Ride of a Lifetime.

Damar Services, Inc. – Damar Services Recreation Program

The Damar Recreation Program serves 260 youth and provides recreation, sports and fitness offerings on its campus. Damar’s Recreation Program enables children and youth to develop the social skills, confidence and appropriate behaviors necessary for independent living in the community. Expansion of the disc golf course equipment and expand the track and field program with a long jump pit, shot-put area and javelin to participate in and host Track and Field Special Olympics.

Early Learning Indiana – Summer Health & Water Safety Program

Early Learning Indiana Summer Health and Water Safety Program promotes healthy physical activities and nutrition for 525 children enrolled at its seven centers. Programs include: six weeks of water safety/swim instruction for youth 4-6 years old at the IU Natatorium and a focus on healthy nutrition complete with fresh local produce and lessons about healthy nutrition.

Happy Hollow Children’s Camp – Archery Program

Campers get the chance during the camp week to participate in a group archery session, where they will learn proper shooting techniques, arrow retrieval, and other archery skills. Throughout the summer of 2015, the camp is expecting to serve 600 economically disadvantaged and special needs children from the Indianapolis metro area.

Hawthorne Social Services Association, Inc. – Hawthorne Summer Camp

Hawthorne Summer Camp provides programs and services that meet economic, social, education, recreational and civic needs of persons living in the Hawthorne service area. The summer camp will impact 215 youth this summer.

Horizons at St. Richard’s Episcopal School – Summer Program

Horizons at St. Richard’s Episcopal School exists to address three overarching goals: to eliminate summer learning loss, increase water safety and prevent obesity for 120 youth this summer. The summer program focuses on getting kids active in activities like soccer, basketball, lacrosse, football, watersports and other playground activities.

Indianapolis Parks Foundation – Swim Indy

Swim Indy teaches youth from low-income neighborhoods how to swim for lifelong health and safety. The target audiences for this program are 200 youth who attend Indy Parks’ six-week summer programming at the neighborhood park locations. During Swim Indy classes, the youth participants will learn how to swim, increase their knowledge of water safety, and be able to complete different levels of swimming (beginner, intermediate or advanced). The program will run for six weeks and every park will be scheduled for one two-hour session each week. Youth will engage in either water safety, fundamentals of swimming, or advanced swimming technique during class.

Jackson Center for Conductive Education – Summer Camp Field Trips

Children who attend the Jackson Center have severe motor disabilities, limiting their opportunities to participate in summer camp programs. 20 youth will experience summer camp field trips with the Susan Williams CHAMPS Grant. Summer camp outdoor activities include water play, adaptive bike riding, adapted obstacle courses, modified volleyball, badminton or baseball.

Jameson Camp – Summer Camp

Jameson Camp enriches the lives of Indiana youth by inspiring them to discover their strengths. Jameson Camp will impact over 500 youth through day camps and programs that include opportunities like the Challenge Course, with a team-building area, a climbing wall, a zipline, and a high ropes course that is 40 feet off of the ground.

Joseph Maley Foundation – JM Fitness

The Joseph Maley Foundation JM Fitness program utilizes sports activities including baseball, track, and watersports to nurture a strong sense of self-esteem and positive self-image in children with disabilities. The program will impact 188 youth.

National Junior Tennis & Learning of Indianapolis – Summer Youth Tennis Program

NJTL offers youth tennis and education programs for children 5 and up, and for teenagers up to 18 years old. NJTL helps develop the character of young people through tennis, life skills, educational enrichment and healthy living choices. Their summer youth tennis program will impact 1,000 youth.

Richard E. Jeffers Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County have teamed up with the Reid Hospital and the United Way to create ClubFit, a new program for the youth of Wayne County. ClubFit promotes healthier lifestyle activities and programming. 200 youth will have a chance to earn multiple prizes and awards as ClubFit members are awarded points for every program session they attend and fitness challenge they complete.

The People’s Burn Foundation – Camp Saturday

The People’s Burn Foundation supports burn survivors and their families through camp and other therapeutic activities. Camp Saturday is a week-long specialized camp for burn survivors from the ages of 5 to 18. The camp takes place in June and will impact 35 youth.

Tab Recreation – Friday Night Lights High School Football

Tab Recreation is an urban youth sports league that offers a 7-on-7 flag football program for high school football players. These events are played in May and June and are hosted on Tab’s field. The Tab Recreation Friday Night Lights events will impact 160 high school athletes.

About Indiana Sports Corp.

Indiana Sports Corp’s mission is to create positive impact by hosting world-class sporting events that enhance vibrancy in the community, build civic pride, drive economic impact and media exposure, and encourage opportunities for youth. A not-for-profit organization, Indiana Sports Corp was founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission. Our recent and upcoming schedule of events includes NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Fours, Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, Big Ten Football Championship Games through 2021, Big Ten Basketball Tournaments, 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving, and much more. For more information, visit www.IndianaSportsCorp.org. Follow us on Twitter at @IndSportsCorp.

March Madness Music Festival, Apr. 3-5, 2015

March 17, 2015 Leave a comment
March Madness Music Festival

March Madness Music Festival logo. Image provided by the Indiana Sports Corporation and used with written permission.

By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation

NCAA and Turner Live Events, alongside official NCAA Corporate Champions AT&T, Coca-Cola and Capital One® have announced all-star musical acts for the 2015 NCAA March Madness Music Festival in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four®.

The free, three-day music festival will be held at White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN and is produced by Turner Live Events. The celebration is set to begin Friday, April 3 at the AT&T Block Party, with musical acts to be announced soon.

Multi-platinum artist Rihanna hits the Coke Zero™ Countdown Concert stage as headliner, with critically acclaimed band Bleachers also performing Saturday, April 4. A portion of Rihanna’s performance will air between that day’s semi-final games airing on TBS, TNT, TruTV, and via NCAA March Madness Live.

Her new single “American Oxygen” is currently being used for March Madness promos, serving as the tournament’s musical backdrop.

The weekend will close on Sunday, April 5 with Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum along with Grammy Award-winning country star Kacey Musgraves at the Capital One JamFest.

Part of headliner Zac Brown Band’s performance, which will include music from their forthcoming album ‘JEKYLL + HYDE’ (out 4.28.15), will also be featured during Capital One Championship Central, the National Championship pregame show airing at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.

For the first time ever, the 2015 NCAA March Madness Music Festival will also live stream this year’s concerts, offering fans around the world unprecedented access to some of today’s hottest musical acts.

The footage will be live streamed at http://www.ncaa.com/musicfest. This site will be updated leading up to the festival with the latest announcements and details. Fans can also stay updated by following @FinalFour and @MarchMadness on Twitter.

This is a non-ticketed event open to the public on a first-come basis and will feature the following events:

Friday, April 3 – AT&T Block Party

Performances from 3pm to 10pm
Performances and Highlights To Be Announced

Saturday, April 4 – Coke Zero™ Countdown Concert

Rihanna
Bleachers
Live broadcast of the first semi-final game
Performances from 12pm to 9:30pm
Additional Performances and Highlights To Be Announced

Sunday, April 5 – Capital One JamFest

Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
Kacey Musgraves
Performances from 2pm to 10pm
Additional Performances and Highlights To Be Announced

Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.

For the second year in the event’s 77-year history, the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship National Semifinals will be presented live across three networks – TBS, TNT and truTV – to provide fans with a variety of viewing options for this marquee event. For the 34th consecutive year, CBS will broadcast the NCAA National Championship game in 2015.

“Capital One is once again excited to bring such great talent to this year’s Final Four,” said Roger Ferguson, Managing Vice President, Brand Advertising, Media and Sponsorships at Capital One. “Every year we look for unique opportunities to provide the ultimate experience to fans at the Final Four, whether that’s through music at our Capital One JamFest or through our presenting sponsorship of the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest. This year we’re offering exclusive benefits to our cardholders throughout Final Four weekend, including two free tickets to the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest and a separate VIP entry line for our cardholders at Capital One JamFest.”

“The Coke Zero™ Countdown Concert is a premiere experience for college basketball’s most passionate fans – where rivals come together in order to see their favorite artists and enjoy the biggest party of the NCAA Men’s Final Four,” said Ivan Pollard, SVP, Connections, Coca-Cola North America. “Coke Zero is proud to partner with the NCAA and Turner Sports to present a solid line up of musical talent that includes three acts famous for their individuality and energetic performances. With Coke Zero and these talented musicians, there’s no better way to build anticipation and work up a thirst for Saturday’s semifinal games.”

NCAA March Madness Music Festival has attracted hundreds of thousands of music fans to watch performers most recently including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jason Aldean, fun., Tim McGraw, The Killers and LL Cool J.

Other past performers include Sting, Dave Matthews Band, Muse, The Kings of Leon, Jimmy Buffett, KISS, The Black Keys, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift among many others.

The NCAA March Madness Music Festival is an activation extension of the NCAA’s Corporate Champions and Partners marketing program, which Turner Sports and CBS Sports license and collaborate on as part of a 14-year multi-media agreement with the NCAA.

“We’re excited to bring a fabulous free concert like the March Madness Music Festival to Indianapolis so all fans, including those who may not have tickets to the games, are able to enjoy the fun and exciting atmosphere surrounding NCAA Final Four weekend,” said Keith Martin, NCAA Managing Director of Marketing and Broadcast Alliances. “I want to thank AT&T, Capital One and Coke Zero for their support of Final Four weekend and the NCAA student-athletes who will compete in the semifinal games and the championship.”

Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships at The Fort, 2015/2016

Fort Harrison State Park

Fort Harrison State Park. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation
http://indianasportscorp.org/

The Big Ten Conference recently announced that The Fort Golf Course in Indianapolis will be the site for the 2015 and 2016 Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships. The 2015 championships will be held April 24-26, while the 2016 event will take place April 22-24.

Michigan State and Ohio State shared the 2014 Big Ten title with the championships being played at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind. Five Big Ten teams were selected to the NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals field with three of those teams – Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State – advancing to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships.

The Fort: As part of the former Ft. Benjamin Harrison military base that was decommissioned in the early 1990s, the state of Indiana took over the facility as well as the surrounding 1,700 acres. The wooded acreage was transformed into a state park. The golf course was redesigned by renowned architect Pete Dye and reopened in 1997. The Fort is consistently ranked by numerous national golf publications as one of the top facilities in Indiana. In 2014, GolfWeek magazine said that The Fort was the top ranked public golf course in the Indianapolis area and the highest ranked course not associated with an accompanying casino in the entire state. More information is available at TheFortGolfCourse.com.

About the Big Ten Conference: The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes’ lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. Beginning July 1, the broad-based athletic programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will provide nearly $200 million in direct financial aid to almost 9,500 student-athletes on 350 teams in 43 different sports. The Big Ten will sponsor 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse as official sports for the 2014-15 academic year. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.

Notes on NCAA Midwest Regional, Mar. 28/30

March 17, 2014 Leave a comment
Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium hosts NCAA Regional, Mar. 28 & 30.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation
http://indianasportscorp.org/

2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional
Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis, Indiana
Friday, March 28 and Sunday, March 30, 2014

Notes on the upcoming Midwest Regional

All-session and single-session tickets for the Midwest Regional are available for purchase at www.NCAA.com/MBBtickets. The bracket was announced on Sunday night. Selected notes on teams that were assigned to the Midwest Regional and could potentially play in Indianapolis:

  • #1 seed Wichita State is the only remaining undefeated team (34-0).
  • #3 seed Duke and #4 seed Louisville advanced to play in the 2013 Midwest Regional in Indianapolis.
  • The Midwest Regional field includes three of the four Final Four teams from 2013 (Louisville, Wichita State and Michigan).
  • #2 seed Michigan played in Indianapolis Sunday, losing in the Big Ten Tournament championship game to Michigan State at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
  • Three of the four first round games are included in the Midwest Regional (Cal Poly/Texas Southern, Iowa/Tennessee, NC State/Xavier).
  • Duke won NCAA Championships in Indianapolis at the 1991 and 2010 Final Fours (two of the six Men’s Final Fours hosted in Indianapolis).
  • Michigan’s roster includes six student-athletes from the state of Indiana.
  • Louisville has advanced to the last two Regionals in Indianapolis (2009 and 2013).
  • Louisville advanced to the 2013 Final Four by winning the 2013 Midwest Regional in Indianapolis.
  • #5 seed Saint Louis was also assigned to the Midwest Region in 2013, but did not advance to the Sweet 16 (#12 seed Oregon was the fourth team in the 2013 Midwest Region).
  • 2014 marks the first NCAA Tournament rounds held in Indianapolis since the 2006 Men’s Final Four that will not include Michigan State (2009 and 2013 Regionals, 2010 Men’s Final Four). Michigan State won the 2000 national title in Indianapolis.

For more information, visit http://indianasportscorp.org/

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2015 Final Four Logo Unveiled in Indianapolis

December 16, 2013 Leave a comment
NCAA 2015 Final Four Logo

NCAA 2015 Final Four Logo.
Image provided by the Indiana Sports Corporation and used with written permission.

By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation
http://indianasportscorp.com/

The Indianapolis Local Organizing Committee and the NCAA held a press conference Friday to unveil the logo for the 2015 Men’s Final Four (see image above), which will be played April 4 and 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The event will be hosted by the Horizon League and IUPUI.

This will be the seventh Final Four played in Indianapolis, tying with New York City for the second-most in tournament history. Kansas City has hosted the event 10 times. Three different arenas have served as the competition venue for the Final Four in Indianapolis, with Market Square Arena hosting in 1980 and the RCA Dome hosting in 1991, 1997, 2000 and 2006. Lucas Oil Stadium first hosted the national championship in 2010.

The 2015 Final Four will mark the 22nd time since 1940 that the men’s basketball championship has come to Indianapolis, and the 35th time that the Hoosier State has hosted the tournament. Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Terre Haute and West Lafayette have also hosted preliminary rounds of the championship. In addition to the 2010 Final Four, Lucas Oil Stadium served as host of regional competition in 2009 and 2013, and will do so again in March.

“The 2015 Final Four will mark 75 years since Indianapolis first hosted the tournament,” said Dan Gavitt, the NCAA’s vice president of men’s basketball.  “We couldn’t be more excited to host the event with our neighbors from IUPUI, the Horizon League and the local organizing committee, whose excellence in staging major events is the biggest reason why Indianapolis is a favorite destination for participating teams, fans and the media.”

“It’s an exciting day as we begin the Road to the 2015 Men’s Final Four,” said Allison Melangton, Indiana Sports Corp President. “Today’s logo unveiling is just the first step as our community – powered by great partners and volunteers – will produce a true championship celebration. On behalf of our community, we look forward to working alongside our friends at the NCAA to create the best Final Four in the event’s storied history.”

Fans hoping for a chance to receive tickets to the 2015 Men’s Final Four can apply for the NCAA’s random selection process between March 17 and May 31, 2014. Visit www.NCAA.com for more details.

Tickets to the 2014 Midwest Regional, which takes place March 28 and 30, can be purchased by visiting www.NCAA.com/mbbtickets.