Hoffman and Tour Stop No. 4
The Indiana Fever's annual "For Every Victory Earns Respect" Tour (F.E.V.E.R.) continued this week with Thursday's appearance by Ebony Hoffman at IPS #48 (Louis B. Russell Elementary School).
Each year, Fever players pay visits to fifth-grade classrooms in the Indianpolis area, with roughly a dozen visits scheduled between January and March. On these visits they share personal stories of obstacles and triumphs that helped them reach the WNBA and other personal accomplishments. The focus of the talks is on setting goals and how achieving those goals can help one gradually attain success. The players also share how a positive attitude, education and strong work ethic can help children reach their dreams.
Hoffman discussed how she has achieved her dream of becoming a professional basketball player. She emphasized the importance of "being yourself" and not letting negative peer pressure distract anyone from their dreams. Despite people telling Ebony she could not be a basketball player because she was a girl, she continued to work hard and refused to let others stop her from her dreams. Ebony had to work hard not only at her basketball skills, but also advancing her skills in the classroom. Ebony stressed the importance of education throughout her life - she will continue pursuit of her own degree from USC when the 2005 Fever season concludes.
Upcoming stops already scheduled on this year's F.E.V.E.R. Tour:
Being accomplished women in academics, athletics and other facets of life have made the women of the Indiana Fever outstanding role models and the ideal voice for these messages. If you would be interested in having your local school become a part of a future F.E.V.E.R. Tour, contact Dan Gaines, community relations manager, at (317) 917-2757.