The fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 26 at The Brickyard
Crossing features an impressive list of celebrity golfers — from IndyCar drivers
to Indiana Fever players, a former Miss Indiana Basketball standout and local
There’s a bevy of sponsors and team foursomes comprised of some of the
top names and companies on the local business scene lending their support, including title sponsor Faegre Baker Daniels. There’s
also the coveted Dodge Charger SRT or Challenger Hellcat, which serves as the hole-in-one
grand prize, and the picturesque golf course with the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway as its backdrop.
But the real star of this event is the cause.
Proceeds from the IPS Golf
Classic will support scholarships for our Career
Technology Center students. The center, located at Arsenal Technical
High School, offers a rewarding and exciting program that educates and prepares
IPS students to graduate
from high school as trade professionals via 15 different career pathways or to
enter postsecondary educational opportunities. Pathways are taught by industry
professionals in those respective fields.
CTC is offered to IPS juniors
and seniors, many of whom have a clear idea of the career pathway they want to
pursue for themselves. Supported by businesses throughout the community, CTC
graduates often become major entrepreneurial
and economic contributors to Indianapolis.
These students go on to become
professionals in lucrative career pathways including computer science, architecture,
culinary arts, fire and rescue, certified nursing assistants and more.
“Not all students will desire to
or be in a position to immediately go on to college. That’s why we offer CTC
programs of education,” said Sam Odle, vice president of the IPS Board of
School Commissioners. “We want our students going on to livable-wage jobs that
have opportunity for advancement.”
The scholarships support students
whose families, for various circumstances, don’t have the resources to support
their children’s educational endeavors.
“The funds generated by the golf
outing will allow us to help support those students and assure their future
success,” said Odle.
Ben Carter, director of the CTC
program, said the scholarships will be used to help finance postsecondary
schooling, training or apprenticeships, ranging from tuition, room and board, books and more.
“The scholarships will allow
students to transition confidently into the next stage of their lives,” said
Carter. “They will continue in a positive trajectory toward achieving their
Local businesses lending their
support to this inaugural fundraiser also understand the importance of
participating in such a worthwhile event.
in education means investing in our future. Investing in IPS students,
means investing in Indianapolis!” said Fernando Falcon, owner of Champion Chrysler
Dodge Ram, who is donating the Hellcat. “Having had the time to talk with IPS
students of different age groups, I am more convinced than ever that, if given
the opportunity, they can all achieve greatness!”