Hoops and Heroes
Hoops and Heroes
Competition with a Cause

Two teams. Two halves. One game. One Cause.   The ultimate prize – Bragging Rights. 


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October 19, 2019


Nicoson Hall

1400 E Hanna Ave; Indianapolis, Indiana 46227

1:00pm-2:15pm Family Fun Fest 

2:15pm Tip Off 

It’s that time again when two basketball giants meet on the hardwoods to settle a score.

Which is better – the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department or the Indianapolis Fire Department?

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Competition with a Cause

The annual hardcourt showdown between the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) is a contest of world champion athletes battling for bragging rights. If the pros aren’t playing, you can bet this is the hottest game in town.

Together these players have traveled the globe, representing Indy’s Finest by winning national and world championships. For this one afternoon, they compete to honor their own squadrons and an even greater good: recognizing and supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Two teams. Two halves. One game. One Cause.   The ultimate prize – Bragging Rights. 



North dorms wear red to support firefighters

South dorms wear blue to support police

Teams earn points for:

  • # of students who show up in red/blue tee shirts to cheer Fire vs Police

  • Pre-game Pacers/Fever skills challenge (ranked by student performance)

  • # of signs made onsite (and in advance!) to support Team Fire vs Team Police

  • Bonus points for “best sign” contest at halftime, judged by emcee + DJ

Winning team receives gift cards or other prizes (Pacers tickets & swag) and pizza

Teams should check in at Kids Zone table to record points


Game History

In April 2014, Indianapolis police officer Kimberlee Carmack tragically lost her life at the hands of her ex-husband after six years of physical and sexual violence. The tragedy struck the entire police department with much grief and shock. Officer Sydney McDaniel, Officer Rodney White Jr., and Nicole White then mobilized in her honor—and in recognition of all women, children and men who suffer such violence. Thus was born the competitive game of Hoops & Heroes to benefit The Julian Center which, like the first responders who play in the game, is saving lives in Indianapolis.


Domestic Violence

Nationally, at least 1 in 4 women and 1 in 14 men experience domestic violence. Given the population information for Marion County: Over 155,000 individuals identifying as women and over 31,000 individuals identifying as men have experienced or will experience domestic violence. This accounts for 20% of the total county population – or 1 in 5 people.


Julian Center Programs

The Julian Center: Supporting Survivors

The Julian Center has been providing services for people experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking for forty-four years. Our core purpose is to assist survivors as they work to achieve long-term safety, stability and self-sufficiency. The Julian Center implemented a best-in-class continuum of care to offer services for survivors throughout their journey. We meet survivors where they are in their own process of healing and support them in whatever way we can. Each night nearly 100 survivors find safety in our emergency shelter; one-third of them are children. Each year we help over 7,500 adults and children achieve sustainability and self-sufficiency including housing, employment, and independence.

The Julian Center is one of only two Family Justice Centers and one of ten Rape Crisis Centers in Indiana. The funds raised through your generous sponsorship go directly to our shelter, housing, food services, survivor assistance, and youth programs to help survivors be safe, stable, and self-sufficient. In 2018 we answered more than 11,500 calls to our crisis line; almost half were from individuals in immediate crisis and seeking shelter or other services. We provided 31,000 nights of stay in our emergency shelter. We served 53,000 healthy meals and snacks. From 2016 to 2018, we were proud to be able to meet a 20% increase in demand for our emergency shelter. Altogether, it costs $11,000 every day to serve survivors and achieve all of these outcomes for survivors and our community.



Programs and services intended primarily to protect survivors from danger, risk, injury and/or provide crisis intervention to obtain shelter, immediate re-location or safety planning. 



Programs and services intended to help prepare survivors in becoming well-rounded and emotionally healthy members of their family and community and assist them in achieving financial, emotional and physical autonomy and self-sufficiency. 


Programs and services intended to provide essential services such as food, clothing or shelter, assist survivors in setting/achieving their goals and collaborate with survivors to ensure these achievements are sustainable and can remain constant. 



Programs and services intended to combine our mission, our work, and our reputation to increase community awareness, education and partnerships and utilize the momentum of our work and survivors to make a long-lasting and sustainable impact on out community. 



IT takes a community - and the community is invited for free

HOOPS AND HEROES IS FOR EVERYONE. This year we invite partner organizations and nonprofits to join us at the game for free. If your organization is a 501C3 organization and you would like to bring your staff or the the people you serve to the event, we would love to have you!  

Contact Terry CEASER-HUDSON for more information