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Indy’s Jeff Teague teams up to bridge digital divide for Indianapolis students

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Pike High School basketball head coach and NBA champion Jeff Teague joined forces with AT&T and Human-I-T to bridge the digital divide for Indianapolis students in need. During an event on April 19 at Arsenal Technical High School, Teague helped distribute nearly 300 laptops to pre-selected students and families.

The initiative aimed to address the digital divide, a significant issue where a portion of the population lacks access to the internet or devices required for full participation in the online world. In Indiana alone, an estimated 13% of households are affected by this divide.

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Jeff Teague donating nearly 300 laptops , in partnership with AT&T and Human-I-T in April of 2024.
Pike High School head coach Jeff Teague (Center, Back Row) along with some of the people who helped make the philanthropic event possible on Friday, April 19, 2024. (Photo provided/AT&T)

The laptops, funded by an AT&T donation to Human-I-T, were distributed to families and students connected with Indianapolis Public Schools and Indiana Youth Group. This effort aligns with AT&T’s Connected Learning® initiative, which works to address the digital divide through various means, including internet accessibility, affordability, and safe adoption.

The event featured a speaking program with Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Judith Thomas, Kenya Anderson from Indiana Youth Group, Darren Thomas from Indianapolis Public Schools, Bill Soards from AT&T Indiana, Paulina Sanchez from Human-I-T, and State Senator Andrea Hunley.

Following the program, Jeff Teague played a key role in distributing the laptops to students and families. This initiative serves as a positive step towards ensuring Indianapolis students have the resources they need to fully participate in the digital world.

Contact multimedia & sports reporter Noral Parham at 317-762-7846 or via email at noralp@indyrecorder.com. Follow him on Twitter @3Noral. For more news courtesy of Noral and the Indianapolis Recorder, visit our homepage.

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