Pacers' Paul George shows his generous side

October 30, 2013
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Pacers all-star Paul George can do more than score. He can distribute too.
Earlier this week, the NBA all-star bought all 15,596 tickets to Fresno State men’s basketball team’s Nov. 16 home opener. George starred at Fresno State from 2008-10.

Jennifer Jory, the Bulldog Foundation director of development, confirmed the gesture from the Palmdale, Calif. native on Monday.
All Fresno State season ticket holders will have access to their regular seats. The rest of the tickets will be made available for free. George, who recently signed a five-year contract extension with the Pacers worth between $80 million and $90 million, said the gesture was a way to show appreciation to his alma mater.

On Tuesday, just before the Pacers played their home opener at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, it was announced that George has spread his generosity to the Hawthorne Community Center just off of Washington Street on Indianapolis’ west side.

With the Pacers success last year in advancing to the Eastern Conference finals, the NBA awarded the team $5,000 to help refurbish a room at the Hawthorne Community Center. The Pacers Foundation matched the donation and George personally added to it.  

George also donated a KIA car, presented to him last year by the NBA for being named the league’s Most Improved Player, to the Hawthorne Community Center.

On Friday, George will be on hand for the debut of the new Pacers Learn & Play Center at the Hawthorne Community Center. Joining George will be the Pacemates, Pacers mascot Boomer, Pacers President Jim Morris and ex-Pacers greats Darnell Hillman and Fred Jones.

The monetary donation was used for a renovation that included two new entrance doors, new flooring, new shelving and cabinet refurbishment, a flat-screen television and Xbox, and a Pacers-themed mural along front wall and a Pacers logo on the back wall, said HCC Executive Director Diane Arnold.

The repairs and refurbishment were done with the help of Pacers and HCC staff along with officials from Native Origins, Vision Painting and Sport Graphics, Arnold said.

  • Cool Person
    What a really generous person he is to his communities. I wish other Sports figures stood out in the community the way Mr. George does with his schools,supporting students in private schools, commmunity centers etc. He gives back and I applaud him for that. What goes around comes around in life. Thank you for supporting your community.
    • oh boy
      George is making $15 MILLION per year and he donates a $25,000 Kia that he was GIVEN...yeah a real humanitarian he is. These professional athletes make me ill, getting paid MILLIONS to play a game and they give THOUSANDS away to 'charity' like crumbs from their gold plates
    • Gift horse
      Joe, ever heard the saying "don't look a gift horse in the mouth"? Paul George also gave cash to the center, and more importantly his time. I've also seen him at Riley Hospital visiting kids and at several Boys and Girls Club events. I suppose he could give even more. I choose not to judge.
    • Wrong
      PG didn't by all 16k tickets, he bought all tickets available. Yes, that will be a nice tax write off, but he seems like a smart guy that I don't want to see on #Broke Part 2 when his career is over.

    Post a comment to this blog

    We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
    You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
    Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
    No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
    We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

    Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

    Sponsored by
    1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

    2. Shouldn't this be a museum

    3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

    4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

    5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.