Jameson Inc. (Jameson Camp) received a grant of $50,000 through the Indianapolis NBA All-Star Legacy Project in February of 2020. The selection process included considerable review, discussion and deliberation by a 35-person committee. Factors closely examined included funding and budget information, project objectives, collaborators and audience served.
This grant is one of 21 legacy grants totaling over $1M that are designed to help organizations that serve children and youth in Indiana to enhance their impact. Jameson Camp has used this grant to create a 50’ x 80’ basketball court and a STEM/STEAM lab.
Jennie Broady, Jameson Camp’s Executive Director said “This grant has given us the chance to enhance our program quality, and create a launchpad for new/innovative programming (especially in STEM/STEAM programming). We are thrilled to be able to provide basketball camps this summer for the first time in our 92 years. We will be able to provide opportunities for additional health and wellness initiatives, as well as enhance our Environmental Education curriculum. Not only will we increase our reach with Indianapolis youth, but we will be positioned to provide enhanced services to schools, community partners, and others to help them Get Outside and Grow Inside. We are extremely grateful for the NBA All-Star legacy program, and appreciate their commitment to the central Indiana area.”
“From STEM learning labs to basketball courts, our NBA All-Star Legacy projects exhibit the importance of taking an event like NBA All-Star and making it more than a game for our great communities throughout Indiana,” said Rick Fuson, Founding Chairman, Indianapolis NBA All-Star Board of Directors and President and Chief Operating Officer, Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “We are thrilled to see this court constructed and the new STEM area created at Jameson Camp as we work to engage and unite Hoosiers through the game of hoops.”
In addition to awarding the $50,000 grant, the NBA All-Star committee will award twenty-one $2,100 scholarships to a nominated “rising star” for each non-profit. Those Rising Stars will be publicly announced in a few weeks.
Jameson Camp held a brief social distanced ribbon-cutting ceremony on the new basketball court on January 26, 2021 at 2PM.