The Indiana Fever has always been a very team oriented organization. This doesn’t just extend to players and coaches, but family members, friends, and especially the fans and community.
The fans and community are a very important aspect to the game because without them, there would be no Indiana Fever. To give back to the loyal supporters, the Fever consistently give back in three areas: education, service, and health.
As part of the Education component of the team’s involvement is the Read to Achieve program. This is the NBA and WNBA’s primary way of giving back to the community because illiteracy is one of the most pressing issues of today’s society.
The idea of this program is to promote the value and importance of reading with young children. By giving young people more access to books and online resources, it builds a love of reading and learning. As part of the Read to Achieve program, there are also reading time-outs and a read to achieve tip off.
Throughout the WNBA Season, players and special guests take reading time-outs to read to students. Students and people in attendance also have the chance to win Fever prizes, such as books and Fever tickets.
The Read to Achieve Tip Off is held prior to the NBA Pacer’s season and the Fever’s season. This event celebrates reading and the start to the season and has each child in attendance receiving a book, Fever items, a ticket to the Fever home opener, and an opportunity to win autographed memorabilia. Other components of the Read to Achieve program include contests for consistent academic attendance and free school supplies.
This category includes honoring people of the community for their dedication to serving others. One of the awards given out is the Well Dunn Award, initiated by Head Coach Lin Dunn. This award recognizes Indiana Citizens who have made their mark in the community.
This award is given out during the first 5 home games and recipients receive four tickets to a Fever home game where they are recognized on-court for their work. Another way the Fever gives back is by doing children’s hospital visits.
Members of the team visit local children’s hospitals and help inspire and encourage the families and patients. By building relationships and hearing the strength that comes from those who are affected, enables the players to play for reasons that go beyond themselves.
Staying healthy is an important part of everyone’s life and is something that the Fever stress very much. The Fever participates in Get Fever Fit and WNBA Fit. Get Fever Fit teaches young children proper exercise techniques, and shows how being active can be fun.
Players, coaches, and a US Army Sergeant teach different basketball drills and share about healthy eating and exercise habits. WNBA Fit emphasizes the importance of health, fitness, nutrition, and self esteem to teens and women of all ages. WNBA Fit encourages females to learn about their bodies and the importance of being fit.