Read To Achieve
Community Relations and Special Projects Manager
Fever In The Community
Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA
Grassroots Basketball Development
Be YOUnique Fund of Pacers Foundation
Players In the Community
The WNBA Read to Achieve program is a year-round, league-wide initiative that promotes the value of reading and online literacy and encourages families and adults to read regularly with young children. These efforts by the WNBA help to build lifelong love of reading in young people and provide greater access to books and technology for children.
Supported by Reading Is Fundamental and Scholastic, Inc., WNBA Read to Achieve promotes reading through in-arena events, public service announcements and school and community appearances throughout the year. WNBA players, coaches and family members also join members of the NBA family and local and national All-Star Reading Teams.
The Foundation of Read to Achieve program are Reading TimeOuts. These events are individual reading sessions that players share with children. The players also talk to children and parents about the value of reading and education. Reading TimeOuts are conducted throughout the year at elementary schools and in conjunction with other Fever events.
Each year, the Fever teams with the Indiana Pacers to host Reading TimeOuts throughout the Indianapolis area. As a team, the Fever tips off its annual Read to Achieve initiative with a special event prior to each session.
Other Reading TimeOuts and programs include a program in conjunction with Indiana Black Expo during Black History Month in February, and reading events throughout the Fever season.
Courtside Fever is published 12 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.