INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) – Josh Conder is in his 13th season as equipment manager for the Indiana Pacers and what he calls his dream job.
“I’m the kind of guy that wants to be doing something and this standstill is just boring,” says Conder.
The Terre Haute North and Indiana State graduate credits the Pacers for challenging him.
Josh Conder says,”I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew and I know there’s a big demand on medical face masks and stuff so I looked up on the internet how to make face masks and stuff. so then I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics, bought a sewing machine, bought the fabric, and the interface that you put in there to make it friendly for healthcare and the hospital.”
“The first couple of ones took me 45 minutes, but now I can make about 8 to 10 in about 45 minutes.”– Josh Conder, Indiana Pacers equipment manager
That’s just the beginning.
“I teamed up with IMPD and asked if they would pass out these face masks to the homeless. I wanted to help the homeless. I know that many of them can’t get masks and I wanted to stop the spread of the virus.”
He continues making masks for anyone who needs them.
Conder says,”I haven’t used any of them. I’ve just been making them. Soon as I make them, people ask for them.”
“I just heard that there’s a need for masks out across the country so I wanted to be able to help others that do so much for all of us.”
Conder hopes basketball can return at some point, but until then his message is simple.
“We are all in this together so stay healthy and safe.”