INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Pacers and Fever are donating 20,000 toys this summer. The two Indiana teams gave some of the toys away on Wednesday to IPS students at School #44.
"Our owner Herb Simon has a great friendship with Steve Berman who owns Jaaks Pacific toy company and as a friendly gesture he has given us 150,000 toys over the last five years. So it's our way to bringing joy to kids and saying thank you," said Jim Morris, who is President of Pacers Sports and Entertainment.
The Pacers and Fever teamed up with the Indiana National Guard to hand out 1,000 toys to students at the IPS school.
"We always want to give back to our community. But when it's kids and there's toys involved it's always a little more special to put a smile on a child's face it's a neat experience definitely one of the more rewarding parts of my job," said Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel.
Vogel who brought along Pacers Guard George Hill took part in the giveaway. Hill who is a product of Broad Ripple High School said it never gets old helping out IPS.
"I'm always down to give back to IPS foundation and school but most importantly tell them that the focus is on school and get a great education and what better way to motivate them than to hype them up and give them a toy," said Hill.
"This is absolutely fabulous students are usually focus on school uniforms and school supplies and to be able to get a toy in the middle of August. I think they are going to be over excited I can't even imagine what those classrooms are like right now," said Kirshawndra Davis, principal at IPS #44.
"You can see the biggest smiles on their face. Some of them may not be fortunate to have toys, but that what we are here for to help the ones who can't and for the ones who can still be here for them," said Hill.
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