Fever Rally to Include Proclamation as WNBA Kids Health and Fitness Week

May 18, 2005

The Indiana Fever will host a Rally on the Circle on Thursday, May 19 (12:00-1:00 p.m.), celebrating the beginning of the Fever’s 2005 WNBA schedule and helping the WNBA to launch the league’s nationwide fitness initiative, “WNBA Be Smart-Be Fit-Be Yourself.” The event is sponsored by Emmis Communications, with Freddy Fever and the entire Fever team on hand in front of Emmis Communications on Monument Circle, to welcome fans for autographs, prizes and chances to shoot for tickets to the Fever’s home opener on Sunday, May 22, vs. the Charlotte Sting (6:00 p.m.). Free lunch is also provided while it lasts.

A representative of Mayor Bart Peterson’s office will attend Thursday’s rally to present a proclamation announcing “WNBA Kids Health and Fitness Week” in Indianapolis (May 19-25). In conjunction with “WNBA Be Smart-Be Fit-Be Yourself” and Mayor Peterson’s involvement at the Fever’s home game on May 24 (vs. Phoenix, 7:00 p.m.), the City of Indianapolis joins a host of other WNBA cities in proclaiming May 19 as the beginning of the program’s launch. Throughout the year, WNBA teams will conduct fitness clinics, workshops and community events. The launch on May 19 helps to celebrate the WNBA’s ninth season, and recognize the league’s strong and ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of its fans and their communities.

Quoting the Mayor’s proclamation, “the goal of this initiative is to emphasize the importance of making physical activity a regular part of our everyday lives and to raise awareness about how being fit improves health, self-image and overall well-being.”

“As the world’s leading women’s sports league, we believe it is our responsibility to do all that we can to emphasize the importance of health and fitness for women and young people,” said WNBA President Donna Orender. “In this effort, we recognize that our players are the ideal individuals to carry this message and encourage fans to make physical fitness a regular part of their lives. And, the benefits go far beyond physical health to include self-esteem and an overall positive self image.”

Sunday’s game is the first of six McDonald’s Family Nights presented by The Indianapolis Star in which fans can purchase four tickets and receive four T-shirts and four vouchers for hot dogs, chips and Pepsi products. The first 3,000 fans to Sunday’s game also will receive a Fever Schedule T-Shirt, courtesy of Community Health Network.

Individual tickets for all Fever home games can be purchased at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, the Internet (www.Ticketmaster.com or www.ConsecoFieldhouse.com) or by phone at 1-877-WNBA-TIX. For season or group ticket information, call (317) 917-2500.