A Day of Games and Sharing

February 25, 2005
Fever players were engaged in the community with the young and the old on Friday, Feb. 25. Coretta Brown challenged people on Indianapolis’ Monument Circle to a free throw competition while helping promote the upcoming Big Ten Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament. Ebony Hoffman spent her day talking to kids at IPS #14 (Washington Irving Elementary School) during a "For Every Victory Earns Respect" (F.E.V.E.R.) Tour stop.

Brown joined the Indiana Sports Corporation and WIBC AM-1070 to help promote the Big Ten tournament while having some fun at the same time. WIBC set up a free throw challenge on the Circle where fans could compete to win prizes. Despite the cold weather, Coretta got a hot hand making it tough to win the top prizes. During an interview with WIBC’s Vince Welch, Coretta shared her excitement to watch the Big Ten Tournament. The games will be held at Conseco Fieldhouse from March 3-7. Soon after the Big Ten Tournament wraps up, the NCAA Women’s Final Four will come to Indianapolis for the first time. Brown spoke of looking forward to watching both tournaments before she begins her third season with the Fever in late April.

Later the same afternoon, during the last F.E.V.E.R. stop of 2005, Hoffman shared her story of achieving her dream of playing professional basketball. The elementary school students listened to the goals Ebony set during her childhood and the actions she took to make those goals happen.

Growing up, her brother gave her a hard time about being a girl and wanting to play basketball. Though he gave her a hard time as a kid, her brother has supported her throughout her career. She stressed to the kids that her success has come both on and off the court – and that her education was as important to her as well as basketball. She suggested that there is life after sports and you need to be prepared throughout life. Ebony took some questions from the students and then gave each an autographed picture.