INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis' own George Hill helped kick off a new beginning for "Him by Her."
The "Helping Improve Mankind by Healing Every Race" (Him by Her) foundation launched its new collegiate school for the arts on the near east side of Indy on Monday. The launch is all part of a campaign to raise some $10 million.
The foundation is co-founded by retired Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department detective Harry Dunn and his wife, Michelle. It offers a combination of social and health services to address racial and economic disparities and healing.
Hill, former Pacer turned Milwaukee Buck, is one of the partners in the Him by Her Foundation.
"To open these doors, just to be a part of someone - the Dunn family - Harry and his wife Michelle; a tremendous job laying the groundwork and footwork on this. To be a part of them and their vision and my vision, it's something remarkable for this inner-city and something that's much needed."
The school serves kindergarten through second grade and is for marginalized families, or families that need a boost.
"Free for the kids. The only price they (parents) have to pay is to wake up and get their kids to school," Hill said. "That's not too much to ask. We're asking you to make that contribution effort, and we have to take care of the rest."
NBA fans are ready for basketball games to pick up again, but Hill makes it clear that the world is going through too much to be worried about a game.
"Before I'm a player, I'm a man. There's so much in this world that's going on that's negative that's some more important than a basketball game. I'm a firm believer in that," Hill said.
"I think playing, personally, and this is my opinion, playing just puts a bandaid on it," Hill continued. "It pushes it off to the side. Leaves us to talk about it another day. I think it needs to be talked about now. I think there's action that needs to be put in now. It's not put in after basketball season. It has to come before that."
Enrollment to Him by Her school is open now until fall.