Students Learn To Read Like A Pro

By Tessa Garner | August 12, 2014

In partnership with Old National Bank and The Indianapolis Public Library, Fever players Briann January and Karima Christmas read to students at Downtown Central Library in the Learning Curve on Tuesday afternoon. Indiana Fever Inferno dancers Brian and Shelise were also there to join in the fun. Children joined us for “Read Like A Pro” a program, a literacy initiative that strives to enhance reading abilities for kids of all ages. Read Like A Pro stresses the importance of literacy and getting a good education.

PHOTO GALLERY: Read Like A Pro Event »

The third grade students from Center for Inquiry IPS School #2 put the theater to use and greeted the players and Inferno dancers by singing and dancing to songs they had learned in music class. It didn’t take long to get the kids excited about reading. They quickly separated off into their reading groups. The Central Library has an amazing children’s area equipped with comfy chairs and bean bags in the Vortex area. Students lounged on bean bags and listened to the players read various children’s books.

The students loved the BIG books and helped out flipping the pages. And some of the students displayed their reading abilities by helping out with reading the BIG books. It was clear to see the students understanding the importance of becoming a great reader and they loved hearing their favorite stories read by some of their favorite players.

During the reading sessions Christmas and January expressed how it is important to really practice reading and become great readers because this will help the students in their future endeavors as students and once they enter the real world.

At the end of the event, the players quizzed the students over the books they had just read, and hands shot in the air in hopes of a prize. Each student received a Fever bag with goodies. And as we headed out of the beautiful Central Library, Briann January expressed how the reading event is one of her favorite events each season. I am sure the students at IPS School #2 would agree!

Each season, the Fever holds an event to encourage a lifelong love for reading and express the importance of literacy. The Indiana Fever participates in “Call-The-Indiana Fever” through The Indianapolis Public Library’s Call-The-Story program going on the whole month of August. You can call 275-4444 or toll free (877)-275-9007 to hear one of the Indiana Fever players read you a story. Layshia Clarendon tipped off Call-The-Fever August 4th. You can now hear Briann January read “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” until August 18th, then it is Krystal Thomas’ turn to read “Bear Feels Sick.” Wrapping up Call-The-Indiana Fever is Karima Christmas reading “How Do Dinosaurs Eat their Food?”

The Fever end their season as the playoff push continues with only two home games remaining to wrap up the 2014 regular season. Come out and cheer the Indiana Fever on! The Fever will go up against the New York Liberty, Thursday, August 14th at 7pm, and then back at it Saturday, August 16th against the Chicago Sky. Tickets still available at