Community Relations and Special Projects Manager
Fever In The Community
Read To Achieve
Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA
Grassroots Basketball Development
Be YOUnique Fund of Pacers Foundation
Players In the Community
The WNBA will embrace its responsibility as the preeminent women’s professional sports league with powerful role models to continue to deliver important messages and programs related to the areas of health, fitness, nutrition and self esteem. WNBA Fit will encourage teens and women of all ages to learn more about their bodies and the importance of physical fitness. Programming has been developed to encourage teens and women to get started on “being fit” through small changes in their daily regimen. The program will serve as a year-long “call to action” for teens and women to make a commitment to being fit and healthy.
As it has in each of the league's previous ten seasons, the WNBA’s Breast Health Awareness program works to generate awareness and educate women about breast cancer in addition to raising funds for the initiative. The program includes national and local outreach to educate people about this important cause.
The WNBA is proud to have the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as a partner and beneficiary of the program. The Komen Foundation is a global leader in the fight against breast cancer through its support of innovative research and community-based outreach programs.
WNBA Fit Clincs
As part of the WNBA Fit initiative, the Fever conducts monthly fitness clinics during the season. Fever players and coaches teach children the value of staying healthy, eating right and maintaining a positive attitude. The program gets the kids active in a number of exercises and basketball drills, in addition to games, contests and book readings.
Breast Health Awareness Night
Each year the Fever holds a special Breast Health Awareness Night presented by Community Health Network at a game. During this game the Fever concentrates on bringing awareness to breast cancer. In conjunction with this special promotion, the Fever conducts a Health Fair in Conseco Fieldhouse where several organizations distribute educational materials about breast cancer to fans. Pink ribbons and other giveaways are distributed, and breast cancer survivors are recognized during the pregame ball exchange.
For Every Victory Earns Respect! Fever players spend nearly three months between January and March each year speaking to Indianapolis-area fifth-grade boys and girls about the value of setting goals and achieving them. Several appearances by Fever players are made to schools in the Indianapolis Public School (IPS) system during the annual tour.
Since its inaugural season in 2000, the Fever has welcomed young girls from Indianapolis Public Schools at the team’s Self-Esteem Seminar. One of the franchise's primary community relations initiatives, the purpose of the seminar each year is to help boost self-esteem, to help avoid drug use, alcoholism, teen pregnancy and crime. Usually held in April prior to the start of training camp, several players participate in conjunction with prominent women in the Indianapolis community who help comprise the Fever Advisory Team.
Governor’s Fitness Challenge
Since 2001, the Fever has partnered with the Indiana Governor's Office to present the Governor's Fitness Challenge to state schools. The school with the most students who complete a nine-week fitness challenge wins a one-hour Fever fitness and basketball clinic hosted by Fever players at their school.