Fever Provides Humanitarian Assist

May 10, 2006
As part of WNBA 10 Years of Caring Week, the Indiana Fever spent its Wednesday afternoon helping to complete a house built by Habitat for Humanity.

While at the site, Fever players took part in tasks such as painting the inside of the garage, putting outlet covers onto walls and digging holes in the ground for trees to be planted. Afiya Jennings and her two children, Mark and Lyric, are the proud recipients of the new home, which will be dedicated on Saturday May 13, just in time for Mother’s Day.

The house consists of a living room, kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and three bedrooms, as well as the garage.

The community event was the first of many that Fever players will participate in during the WNBA’s Week of Caring. Other teams around the league are doing community events as well, in honor of the WNBA’s 10-year anniversary, as a way to give back to their fans.

Indianapolis’ Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1987, and this year marked the building of its 300th home. According to Dean Illingworth, Executive Director and Architect for Habitat for Humanity of Indianapolis, twenty-five homes have been built in Marion County this year alone. In order to be eligible for a house built by Habitat for Humanity, applicants must go through a selection process. After they are selected, they must fill out application forms and complete 30 hours of service within the community. They must also work on their own home for at least 80 hours. Illingworth called the home a “hand up not a handout.”

“Afiya has been working on her home since building started,” Illingworth said. “She has also been taking classes about homeownership.”

Habitat for Humanity staff members gave Fever players pins in the shape of hammers, in appreciation for their work. In turn, Jennings and her children were presented with a ball autographed by the entire Fever team, and courtside tickets to the Fever’s season opener on May 20, among other Fever goodies. The Habitat for Humanity staff members were presented with tickets to the game as well. In support of the Fever's efforts, Radio Disney provided stuffed Mickey Mouse dolls for everyone.

In acknowledgement of the Fever's community efforts, and in recognition of the WNBA's 10 Years of Caring Week, Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson declared Wednesday, May 10, 2006, in Indianapolis, as "WNBA 10 Years of Caring Day."