Fever Cares Tipoff Event Features Wide-Ranging Activities May 14 at Garfield Park

INDIANAPOLIS – A wide range of activities is planned for the Indiana Fever’s 2014 Fever Cares Tipoff Event, in partnership with the Indy Parks Foundation and Indy Parks, at Garfield Park on Wednesday, May 14. Featuring nearly 100 kids from area park programs, the event features a ground-breaking ceremony on the outdoor basketball court, Get Fever Fit fitness clinics, a Read Like A Pro reading timeout and a Go Green cleanup and recycling segment. The two-hour event begins at 4:00 p.m.

A ceremonial ground breaking to celebrate the start of construction on the outdoor basketball court tips off the event. Renovations to the Garfield Park court are part of a $1.1 million investment between the Pacers Foundation, Indianapolis Power & Light Company and the City of Indianapolis through the Indianapolis Parks Foundation. This public-private partnership, over the next five years, will support several outdoor basketball court improvements needed throughout the Indy Parks system. Funding partners recently celebrated the grand opening of Tamika Catchings Court at Thatcher Park, located on the City’s Westside.

Participating children will range from kindergarten through the 8th grade.

The opening hour includes breakout groups for Team Read and Play (K-2nd grade), Team Go Green (3rd-5th) and Team Build My Court (6th-8th). While the youngest group reads and plays on the playground, another group will practice keeping the environment clean while the older group puts finishing touches on the newly refurbished court.

The second hour features a pair of fitness clinics and an inspiring message from Indiana Fever players, on the indoor basketball court at Garfield Park. All players and coaches from the 2014 Indiana Fever team are expected to participate.