News release from the Mad Ants:
Mad Ants Spread Joy to Area Organizations through Toy Donations
(December 1, 2015) – The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, sponsored by Lutheran Health Network, will be spreading much joy this holiday season, thanks to their partnership with the Indiana Pacers, the team will be donating numerous toys throughout the community.
During the month of December, in coordination with the D-League Care’s Season of Giving, the Mad Ant players, Madame Ant dancers, coaching staff, the Mad Ant mascot, and staff will be delivering toys to various organizations in the Fort Wayne and surrounding areas up until Christmas. Toys vary for both boys and girls of all ages and range from dolls and tiaras to action figures and puzzle games. These toys were the generous donation of JAKKS Pacific Toys and its CEO Stephen Berman, an associate of Pacers Sports & Entertainment and the Mad Ants owner, Herb Simon.
Drop-offs kick off this Wednesday, December 2nd with SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect) and continue through the month with Vincent Village (12/7), The Burn Council (12/8), Fort Wayne Police Department (12/8), Erin’s House (12/9), Eden Green (12/15), Lutheran Children’s Hospital (12/16) and Turnstone Center (12/21).
Organizations in need of toys this holiday season can contact Kara Stevenson in the Mad Ants office to coordinate. Kara can be reached at 260-469-4667 x 110 or Kstevenson@ftwaynemadants.com.
The Mad Ants travel to Westchester for a weekday matinÃ©e match-up with the Knicks this Wednesday, December 2nd at 11:00 a.m. The team comes home to host the Canton Charge on Friday December 4th with tipoff set at 7:30 p.m. Fans can purchase Mad Ants tickets, which start at just $6, at the Memorial Coliseum Box Office, by visiting, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
About the NBA Development League
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health Network, are the NBA Development affiliate of the NBA Indiana Pacers. Established in 2007, the Mad Ants have marked their success in back-to-back Championship appearances, coming out on top in 2014 and returning to the Championship series in 2015. The 2014-2015 season also named the Mad Ants as the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent through call-ups and assignments. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on fortwayne.gleague.nba.com.