Fever Practices Fitness!

May 21, 2007

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    Anna DeForge does some instruction during a Be Smart - Be Fit - Be Yourself fitness clinic.
    Frank McGrath/PS&E Photo
    "Can you dunk?"

    "How tall are you?"

    "What is your favorite thing about playing basketball?"

    Those were but a few of the questions raised by the 60 children gathered at Indianapolis Public School #55 in Broadripple Monday afternoon, when they were treated to a Be Smart - Be Fit - Be Yourself fitness clinic by the Indiana Fever.

    The Fever, as part of the WNBA Cares program and its Be Smart - Be Fit - Be Yourself initiative, conducted the clinic for fifth and sixth graders at the school. Fever players Anna DeForge, K.B. Sharp and Ann Strother began the session with a "how to" instruction of push-ups and sit-ups. The clinic quickly progressed into a series of drills, stretches and even relays as the Fever players participated in activities ranging from dribbling and passing, to jumping jacks.

    As for the questions ...

    "Can you dunk?," asked one student. The reply, "No, not yet!," laughed Anna DeForge.

    "What is your favorite thing about playing basketball?," asked another, to which the Fever players took turns in responding. The three Fever players were in agreement that basketball has allowed them to travel and make new friends, and to form their own basketball family, as a result of their travels - both in the United States as well as around the world.