The Indiana Fever has proven much success both on and off the court.
The team has many players that are well rounded and have been extremely successful off the court as well. Don’t let this fool you, the team takes care of business while playing and have achieved much, but achievements off the court have had big influences in the lives of others.
On Court Achievements
Head Coach Lin Dunn was inducted into the UT Martin’s Athletic Hall of Fame. When Dunn was attending UTM for school, there wasn’t a formal women’s basketball team. The best alternative was sorority basketball events.
Dunn graduated in 1969 and that following fall the school added a women’s program. She has been involved in coaching basketball for 40 years and is also a Hall of Fame member at Austin Peay, University of Miami, and the states of Tennessee and Indiana.
Tamika Catchings earned the 2010 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award. She received 10 of 38 votes that clinched this honor. This award recognizes the player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, which include ethical behavior, fair play, and integrity.
As a role model for young people, Catchings was the right person for this award. In addition to this award, she was also named the 2010 WNBA Defensiv Player of the Year. Fans were hoping she would be named the league’s MVP, however, this award is just as prestigious. This is her sixth consecutive year of being on the All-Defensive First Team and she is the only player to be named to the First Team every year it has been selected (2005-2010).
Tammy Sutton-Brown joined the elite ranks this past season as she became only the 5th player in WNBA history to get 3,000 points, 1,500 rebounds, and 400 blocks. In 10 WNBA seasons, Sutton-Brown still takes this achievement in stride and is extremely modest when talking about her accomplishments. She will be going on her fifth season with the Fever after six in Charlotte with the Sting.
Off Court Achievements
Tamika Catchings has made a name for herself both on and off the court. In December, she was nominated for the 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Awards in the Professional Athlete category.
This award honors and recognizes people from around the world for their positive contributions. Catchings started a foundation that is committed to helping at-risk youth.
The Fever and Indiana Members Credit Union teamed up to support the United Ways BackPack Attack Program. This program encouraged fans to donate a new backpack or school supplies during the game against the Dream.
By donating a backpack or school supplies, fans would receive a complementary Pepsi product, while also giving to an underprivileged student. All items that were donated and collected went to help an IPS school Marion County, so all supplies was kept local. The Fever players and fans alike enjoy nights like this because it helps children and students who really need the extra items.