Fever in the Community
The Advisory Team, among others, includes elected officials, business leaders and civic leaders, including United States Congresswoman Julia Carson, State Representative Susan Crosby, State Senator Connie Lawson, Indiana First Lady Judy O'Bannon, Indianapolis First Lady Amy Minick Peterson, Vice President of Community Relations for Marsh Supermarkets Jodi Marsh, WRTV-Ch. 6 news anchor Martha Weaver and Advisory Team co-chairs Barbara Boyd and Paula MacVittie.
The intent of the Advisory Team is to galvanize support from some of the most influential women in the city and to assist the Fever with various community programs.
In March 2002, Lis Daily, an original member of the Advisory Team passed away after a battle with cancer. In April 2002, on behalf of the Fever, Pacers Sports & Entertainment donated $1,000 to the Liz Daily Memorial Fund (The Crawford Girls - Scholarship/Education Fund at Prudential) for Daily's four daughters.
Governor's Fitness Awards Program
The Fever partnered with the Indiana Governor's Office for the Governor's Fitness Challenge. The school with the most students who completed the 9-week fitness challenge won a 1-hour Fever fitness clinic hosted by a Fever player and coach at their school.
The Northern Indiana school winner was Cumberland Road Elementary School in Fishers, Ind., while the Southern Indiana school winner was St. Mary's School, in New Albany, Ind.
For Every Victory Earns Respect, AKA (F.E.V.E.R.)
During the offseason, Fever player Tamika Catchings visited area schools promoting the importance of an education and setting goals.
Catchings' message: For every goal you accomplish you gain a victory, which in turn earns respect from others, as well as self-respect. Catchings also spoke of how she became a professional basketball player. Catchings made over 30 school visits in a three-month period.
Over the past three years, individuals and companies have purchased Fever season tickets and donated those tickets to the Pacers Foundation or another organization of their choice, allowing youth in the community to attend a Fever game. Last year over 17,500 tickets were donated over the course of the 16-game home schedule. At every Fever home game last season, over 1,000 seats were occupied by kids benefiting from the Give-A-Game program.
Reading Month Timeouts
The Fever teamed with the Indiana Pacers in 2002 to host 10 Reading Month Timeouts throughout the Indianapolis area. Reading Month Time Outs are part of the Fever Read to Achieve Program, which is sponsored nationally by American Express.
Nikki McCray kicked off the Reading Month festivities by joining Indiana First Lady Judy O'Bannon, and later in the day, Tamika Catchings partnered with Indianapolis Mayor Bart Petersen for this annual NBA and team community initiative.
Marsh/Fever Junior Hoops League
For the 2002 season, the Fever will partner with YMCA and Marsh Supermarkets to host a girls basketball league from June-August for girls ages 6-15. Young girls will not only play in the basketball league, but also get the opportunity to interact with Fever coaches and players. In addition, the girls will attend a pre-selected Fever game.
In partnership with Big Sisters of Indianapolis, the Fever have matched young girls with an adult mentor to attend Fever games throughout the 2002 season. Through this program, Fever players will interact with girls and serve as role models. Fever Friends was started during the inaugural Fever season in 2000.
Fever Self-Esteem Seminar
For the second straight year, the Fever targeted young girls from the Indianapolis Public School (IPS) system and conducted a self-esteem seminar prior to the start of the season. The purpose of the seminars is to help boost self-esteem, to help avoid drug use, alcoholism, teen pregnancy and crime.
IUPUI, Papa John's Pizza and Coke provided space, food and beverages for this event.
Fever Early Bird Renewal Party
In its continued effort to treat its customers at the highest level, the Fever hosted an "Early Bird Renewal Party" for those fans who purchased or renewed season tickets by mid-January 2002.
Fever players Tamika Catchings, Stephanie McCarty, Alicia Thompson and Nikki McCray, along with coaches Nell Fortner, Julie Plank and Shelley Patterson all lead the festivities at this fun-filled event.
Courtside Fever is published 11 times in The Indianapolis Star during the Fever season. This Newspapers in Education/Partnership for Young Readers program is designed to promote critical thinking and enhance math and statistical skills, while at the same time encouraging our youth to read. In addition, a Fever coach or player is featured each week, so that the youth can learn more about the Fever team. Co-sponsor of this special newspaper supplement is IUPUI.
Fever Coaches Clinic
For the second straight year, the Fever hosted a Coaches Clinic at Conseco Fieldhouse for area coaches of all levels. The two-hour clinic was led by Fever Head Coach Nell Fortner with the help of her assistants, Shelley Patterson and Julie Plank. Fever players Nikki McCray, Alicia Thompson, Kelly Schumacher, Niele Ivey, Olympia Scott-Richardson, Marlena Williams and Monica Maxwell were also on hand to assist with the clinic.