Dropping Dimes Foundation

The slam dunk and three-point line were only the beginning…

In many respects, the American Basketball Association has become lost in pro basketball history. The league lasted for 9 seasons from 1967 to 1976. It was the legitimate rival to the NBA in its heyday, capturing a large and extremely loyal fan base with its fast tempo and stylish plays. However, the ABA did not have the financial resources of the NBA.

The Dropping Dimes Foundation is focused on identifying former ABA players, personnel and families who have encountered difficult circumstances, and providing them with financial assistance to address their situation. Put simply, we aim to “give back” to deserving ABA players and personnel who provided significant entertainment and excitement to fans in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but have been forgotten today in the midst of significant financial distress or sickness.

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Dropping Dimes & Lawrence, IN Police Put Best Foot Forward

via Dana Benbow, IndyStar The homeless man in Lawrence who lost his house in a fire, fell on hard times, then was surprised with a pair of size 17 sneakers to replace his tattered ones.  After seeing his worn out shoes, the [police] officers went on a search for new ones… To put it in perspective, the average man […]


Reggie Miller Joins Dropping Dimes Foundation

Reggie Miller always looked up to his Uncle Mel. Now he’s stepping up for him. Miller, the Indiana Pacers’ career scoring leader, has joined the Advisory Board of the Dropping Dimes Foundation, filling the position formerly held by his fellow Naismith Hall of Famer and Pacers legend Mel Daniels, who passed away in October of […]


Dropping Dimes & ESPN Radio with the Assist

The Dropping Dimes Foundation came together with former American Basketball Association players and ESPN Radio AM Radio 680 to help former Kentucky Colonels Players Ron Thomas (’72-’76) and Bird Averitt (’74-’76).  ABA players in attendance included Bob Netolicky, Darnell “Dr. Dunk” Hillman, Louie Dampier, Dan Issel, Joe Hamilton,  Van Vance (Colonels’ radio/TV broadcaster), and Lloyd Gardner (Colonels’ longtime medical trainer and […]


Remembering Mel Daniels

Pro Basketball Hall of Famer – Community Leader – Mentor – Devoted Husband & Father – Loyal Friend….. Since Mel Daniels’ passing Friday, October 30th, all those whose lives were touched by the 6’9” former center have showered their love and appreciation in a manner that should only be expected for such a wonderful man. […]