Fever Hosts Self-Esteem Seminar

April 11, 2005
The Indiana Fever teamed with The Julian Center of Indianapolis to help young teenage girls from Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) while conducting its annual Self-Esteem Seminar, Monday at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Julian Center is a United Way agency that focuses on helping women and children who have fallen victim to abuse. The center serves as a shelter and a resource of education and counseling.

Together, the two organizations held a seminar for middle school girls from IPS. The seminar consisted of two discussion groups and a panel discussion. One of the discussion groups talked about self-esteem while the other concentrated on healthy relationships. Indiana Fever players Coretta Brown, Ebony Hoffman and Deanna Jackson took part in the discussion sessions which were facilitated by staff from The Julian Center. Over 150 young girls from around Indianapolis took part in the day’s activities. Each girl took part in the discussion groups before breaking for lunch, donated by Hardee’s.

After lunch, everyone congregated on the main court at Conseco Fieldhouse and took part in a panel discussion – hosted by WIBC radio personality Terri Stacy. She led the panel discussion by giving facts about abuse and self-esteem. The panel discussion had a question-and-answer session involving the Fever players and members of the Fever Advisory Committee.

Besides Stacy, participating members of the Fever Advisory Committee, comprised of professional women in the Indianapolis area, were Linh Preston (Corporate Relations Associate, United Way), Karen Rariden (News Director, Fox 59/Tribune Broadcasting) and Patzetta Trice (Vice President of Communications and Marketing, BAAI). All shared personal experiences, as well as advice they have learned along the paths of their careers.

Many panel members admitted that they, too, were once shy or had low self-esteem. Despite each having experienced tough or difficult times they stressed the importance of believing in yourself, continuing the pursuit of dreams, helping your community and being yourself.