Fever Caps Black History Month

February 24, 2005
For the second consecutive year the Indiana Fever teamed with the Indiana Black Expo (IBE) to hold an event that combined the efforts of the WNBA Read To Achieve program and IBE’s Black History Month initiative, “Literacy…Continuing the Legacy.” The joint effort provides a great opportunity for kids to be encouraged about education, reading and the value of African-American heritage.

This year’s event took place in Pepsi Square at Conseco Fieldhouse. Fever players Coretta Brown and Ebony Hoffman were on hand to talk and read to the kids. Steven Jefferson from WTHR-13 was the emcee and DJ Geno Shelton was a third celebrity guest present to read to the children. All four guests served as examples of successful Afro-Americans in the Indianapolis area.

The children that attended the event were from Manna-Fest Christian Academy and Sunrise Day Care. The children enjoyed books from Afro-American authors or Afro-American subjects. After each book, the guests discussed with the children what they had learned from each book. Some kids received autographed books as a prize for answering questions.

Quiana Graham and Keda Sekou from the IBE were on hand to help assist with the event and present both schools with books for their libraries. The Fever gave each child a goody bag filled with items from the team and IBE. Each guest reader also autographed a “Read To Achieve” pledge card for each child.

Fever mascot Freddy Fever was on hand to join in the fun and became an audience member himself for the book readings. Most importantly the children were able to spend time with some role models of today while learning about Black History month role models of the past – with reading bringing them together.