Indiana Blood Center and the Indiana Pacers are teaming up for the annual "Drive to the Hoop," a blood and bone marrow drive that will be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Anyone who participates as a donor in the blood drive will receive a voucher for one free ticket to either the Pacers game against the Oklahoma Thunder that evening or a ticket to the Pacers game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 13. The package also includes a free t-shirt and a food voucher – good for a hot dog, bag of chips and a small Pepsi product, along with the option to purchase additional tickets.

“The Pacers are very proud of our partnership with Indiana Blood Center and how we can help the community by working together,” said Pacers Sports & Entertainment president Jim Morris. “Just one unit of blood from a volunteer donor can save the lives of three people here in Indiana. That’s an easy three-pointer any Pacer fan can help make.”

 

WHAT:

Indiana Pacers and Indiana Blood Center’s “Drive to the Hoop” Blood Drive

WHEN:

Friday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Pacemates appearance 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Boomer appearance 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Darnell “Dr. Dunk” Hillman appearance & signing autographs 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:

Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indiana University Health Entry Pavilion

HOW:

Walk-ins are allowed, but appointments are encouraged.
Interested donors can go to donorpoint.org to schedule a time.

In addition, fans can join the Be the Match bone marrow program by completing a quick health history form and cheek-swab test. Anyone 18-60 years old, in good health and willing to donate to someone in need is eligible to join the registry, which was started by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Indiana Blood Center coordinates the Be The Match Registry in Indiana, recruiting new members and supporting Hoosiers who are a match throughout the donation process to help people with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases.