Fever Hosts Annual Self-Esteem Seminar
The Indiana Fever conductred it’s 7th Annual Self-Esteem Seminar, sponsored by Community Health Network, on April 17, 2006. The event welcomed 150 Indianapolis Public Schools middle school girls to take part in a nearly four-hour seminar hosted by the Fever, at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Fever partners with the Julian Center to develop messages for the children that teach them about self-esteem and healthy relationships, and how to develop both. Topics include dating, respect, career focus, goal-setting and a number of other important topics in the lives of girls.
To help impress these messages on the girls, a number of Fever players participated in the event. Returning players Ebony Hoffman and Yolanda Paige, along with new signees Olympia Scott and K.B. Sharp were integral parts of the sessions. They shared stories from their own lives about choices and personal challenges that they experienced in their own lives. They helped to drive home powerful messages to the participants by explaining how they pushed through situations and strove to reach their successes, both in the WNBA and in life.
The Fever also invited successful women from the community to also share their stories and advice to the children in a 45-minute discussion panel. Those guests included Cynthia Doyle-Perkins, principal of Arsenal Tech High School, Dr. Barbara Siwy of Siwy Plastic Surgery and Sherry Duncan McCabe, Deputy Director of Development at the Julian Center. Event emcee Terri Stacy, of WIBC’s morning show, posed questions to both the players and special guests during the panel. Many directed discussion towards education, hard work, self-image and the media and a number of other areas. Questions were also fielded from the children about the players’ experiences overseas, what it has taken to reach the WNBA, and similar questions.
Each participant was given an assortment of Fever gift items. Pizza Express donated lunch for the event as well.