Community Partner Spotlight: Hoops & Heroes Pits Indianapolis Police vs. Firefighters

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Hey Indy: Do you bleed red or blue?

Hoops & Heroes Pits Indianapolis Police vs. Firefighters



The rivalry between Purdue and Indiana University pales in comparison. Cats vs. dogs doesn’t even come close to the intensity you’ll feel at this year’s Hoops & Heroes basketball showdown between the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Indianapolis Fire Department.

Come cheer on both teams Saturday, Oct. 1 at Marian University!


All proceeds from this classic Hoosier event, which also kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, will support the safety, stability, and self-sufficiency programs at The Julian Center, a nonprofit that provides shelter and gives hope to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families.



“Dr. Dunk” Youth Basketball Clinic & Other Fun

Before tip-off, Darnell “Dr. Dunk” Hillman will host a Jr. Pacers/Jr. Fever basketball clinic for kids age 12 and under. Kids can also climb through and explore a police car and fire engine, take the free-throw challenge, and enjoy the special halftime show, balloon animals, face painting, and giveaways. And because it’s no fun to watch basketball without popcorn, concession stands will be open.


Don’t miss these fan favorites at the game:

Indiana Pacers Fan Van | Boomer | Freddy Fever | Crispus Attucks Cheerleaders | Marian University Women’s Basketball Team

Big Goals


IMPD won the game last year in an exciting 65 to 60 finish in front of 700 fans, and leads the series 2 to 1. The event raised a whopping $82,000 last year for The Julian Center. Can you help us fill 1,000 seats and raise $100,000 this year? Sure you can!


“While it’s all for a good cause, the officers and firefighters take this game very seriously,” says Catherine O’Connor, president and CEO, The Julian Center. “Bragging rights are on the line—and the competition is intense. We are forever grateful to these brave men and women who work so tirelessly to keep us safe from abuse and other harm.”


So put on your favorite blue and red gear and join us for the Hoops & Heroes fun this year!


WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 1 | Doors open at 4 p.m. | Tip-off is at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Marian University Physical Education Center3200 Cold Springs Rd. | Indianapolis, IN 46222
TICKETS: $5 adults; Age 12 and under are FREEPurchase on The Julian Center Facebook event page,, and at the door.


Community Support

We couldn’t host the event without help from the community. Hoops & Heroes is made possible by generous support from these partners: Kroger; Hoosiers Work for Health; CNO Financial; Katz, Sapper & Miller; Spectrum Technology; State Auto Insurance; Marion County Public Health Department; and The Glick Family Foundation. Please contact Faren Jones at 317.941.2206 for more information.



If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation, call The Julian Center Helpline at (317) 920-9320 or 911 if in immediate danger.


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