Inspiring Women Night
The Indiana Fever host an Annual Inspiring Women Night each season to showcase women in the community that are inspiring. A pregame event is help to hear from these inspiring women and inspirational messages are played throughout the game. The 2012 Fever Inspiring Women Night will be held on September 9, 2012.
40th Anniversary of Title IX
June 23, 2012 marks the 40th Anniversary of Title IX; without Title IX the women would not have the opportunities available today including the WNBA. The Fever has coaches and players that have several different experiences with Title IX at different times of including before Title IX and early compliance of Title IX. Throughout the 2012 season the Fever will be educating youth and fans about Title IX and the importance of its 40th anniversary; including community events, website features and a Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX Night at the Fever game on June 21, 2012.
Choices for Champions
The Indiana Fever will once again hosted the Choices for Champions program in conjunction with the Fever preseason game on May 9th. Prior to the Fever Kids Day Preseason Game the Indiana Fever will brought in local celebrities along with Fever players Tamika Catchings and Jeanette Pohlen to talk about making healthy choices in life. The main topics included choices about education, goal setting, healthy eating and exercising and bullying. For more information on how your class can attend the 2013 Choices for Champions please call 317-917-2500 and ask to speak to a Group Events Specialist or a member of the Fever community relations staff.
Indiana Fever Bowling Tournament
The Annual Indiana Fever Bowling Tournament is the premier fundraising event for the Be YOUnique Fund of the Pacers Foundation. The event has been hosted at Pinheads in Fishers. For more information on the BeYOUnique Fund of the Pacers Foundation, the Annual Indiana Fever Bowling Tournament and grants, visit Pacers Foundation
Fever for Respect
The Fever partnered with Choose Respect to help schools education students on building healthy relationships. Choose Respect is an initiative that that encourages young men and women to make every effort in forming healthy and respectful relationships with one another. It is founded on the research maintained by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These relationships are especially important as young people get older and begin dating. Since 2007, the CDC has worked with the WNBA to promote this initiative to young fans. The Fever also work locally with INCASA to bring the "choose respect" message to Indiana youth.
Read to Achieve
Read to Achieve serves as the NBA/WNBA's and its' team's primary community activity and harnesses all of professional basketball's best assets to impact one of the most pressing issue our society faces. The program promotes the value of reading and online literacy while encouraging families and adults to read regularly with young children. The goals of this initiative is to build a lifelong love of reading in young people by providing greater access to books and technology; encourage and engage members of the NBA/WNBA family including current & former players, league and team personnel, coaches and parents to participate in the program as a Volunteer Reading Coach and to use all of the NBA/WNBA assets to create ongoing public awareness of this initiative through courtside signage, PSA's, NBA.com and WNBA.com TV presence and events around the league. At the local level, the Indiana Fever Read to Achieve Program is composed of Monthly Reading Time-Outs during the WNBA season and a Read to Achieve Tip Off. For more information on the WNBA Read to Achieve program and for interesting Read to Achieve downloads visit wnba.com.
A component of the Read to Achieve Program the Indiana Fever present reading timeouts throughout the WNBA season. (May – August). Special guest readers include members of the Indiana Fever, Freddy Fever and the Fever Inferno. Guest readers read students selected children's stories from large oversized books. Students participating in the Fever reading timeouts have the opportunity to win Fever prizes including books, autographed items and game tickets! Each visit is approximately one hour in length. To sign up for the 2010 Indiana Fever Reading Time-Outs, please call 317-917-2500 and ask to speak to a member of the Fever community relations staff. More information on the Indiana Pacers Reading Time-Outs can be found by visiting pacers.com.
Read to Achieve Tip Off
A component of the Read to Achieve Program, the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever host a Read to Achieve Tip-off prior to the each team's season. The Fever tip-off the season with a large Read to Achieve Tip-off event, events such as Reading Pep-Rallies at a local school and events held at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Each child in attendance receives a book, Fever items, a ticket to the Fever home opener and the opportunity to win Fever autographed memorabilia. To find out how your school can be part of the 2010 Indiana Fever Read to Achieve Tip Off, please call 317-917-2500 and ask to speak to a member of the Fever community relations staff. And for information on the Pacers Read to Achieve Tip Off, visit pacers.com.
IPS Values for Life Celebration
In partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools, the Pacers and Fever host the IPS Values for Life Celebration at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The purpose of this celebration is to recognize & encourage the over 8,000 students who demonstrate Indianapolis Public Schools Four Core Values of Excellence, Scholarship, Respect and Courage. A fun filled event is put on for the students including Boomer and Pacers and Fever representatives. All students in attendance received an IPS Values for Life T-shirt and tickets to an Indiana Fever game.
Well Dunn Award
As part of the Pacers Sports & Entertainment's Citizenship Initiative the Indiana Fever sparked by Head Coach Lin Dunn recognize Indiana citizens who have done well in the community at five of the Fever home games through the Well Dunn Award presented by Harrison College. Everyday Indiana citizens make an overwhelming impact on the lives of others and make lasting contributions to our community and our state. Each award recipient receives four tickets to a Fever home game, where they are recognized during a special on-court presentation. In addition, each recipient also receives a special memento and commemorative photo. Please click here to nominate a deserving Indiana citizen for the Well Dunn Award.
Kroger Ball Exchange
As part of the Kroger Ball Exchange, each Fever home game the Indiana Fever and Kroger allow 11 children to receive an autographed basketball from an Indiana Fever player during the player introductions. In addition, each child receives a Kroger Ball Exchange t-shirt. To sign your group up to participate in the Kroger Ball Exchange please call 317-917-2500 and ask to speak to a Group Events Specialist or a member of the Fever community relations staff.
In partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, the Fever match young boys and girls with an adult mentor to attend Fever games throughout the season. Through this program, Fever players interact with kids and serve as role models. Fever Friends, which started during the inaugural Fever season, partnered exclusively with Big Sisters of Indiana prior to 2003. Since the Big Brothers and Big Sisters programs merged, the Fever began hosting boys and girls.
Season of Giving
As part of the Pacers Sports & Entertainment's Citizenship Initiative, the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever celebrate a "Season of Giving" during the year each with a variety of community outreach efforts throughout the month to give back to the community that has given so much to us. Season of Giving include events such as the "Come to Our House" Thanksgiving Dinner, Children's Hospital Visits, United Christmas Services of United Way Adopt a Family and Shop with a Pacer.
Children's Hospital Visits
As part of the Pacers Sports & Entertainment Community Spirit Initiative, members of the Indiana Pacers team, Indian Fever and coaching staff, including mascots Boomer and Bowser, along with members of the Indiana Pacemates, visit area children's hospitals to help lift the spirits of those children and their families. Hospital visits include the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent, Riley Children's Hospital, Community Hospital North and Methodist Children's Hospital. In 2009 the Indiana Pacers once again teamed up with Cheryl & Co. for the hospital visits, where each patient received a Boomer or Bowser plush doll, as well as a Pacers t-shirt and the opportunity to take a photo or get an autograph from their favorite player or Pacemate. In addition, Cheryl & Co. provided a special batch of cookies to the children at each hospital. For information on the Pacers Come to Our House Thanksgiving Dinner, Shop with a Pacer and Coat Drive, visit pacers.com.
Players in the Community
The WNBA connects with fans of all ages through extensive community outreach. As the league marks the sixteenth season of the WNBA, the players continue to be recognized for their commitment and dedication to fans in cities across America. The WNBA has two primary community initiatives: WNBA Fit and Inspiring Women. In addition to these initiatives, the WNBA honors players who are active in their communities with the WNBA Community Assist Award presented four times a year. For more information on how a member of the Indiana Fever team or coaching staff can make an appearance for you please click here.
Fever Players Honored with WNBA Community Assist Awards
Indiana is fortunate to have a number of outstanding female role models on the Fever roster that make unbelievable efforts to give back to the fans and the community. In 2006, two Fever players were recognized for their efforts with WNBA Community Assist Awards.
Olympia Scott was honored by the league for the many appearances she made during the 2006 preseason on behalf of the team. Her involvement in programs like Breast Health Awareness and the Fever's Self-Esteem Seminar earned her the award.
Tamika Catchings has earned the reputation as one of the WNBA's most devoted players to the community. She added to her reputation in 2006 when she was recognized by the league in July for her many off-the-court endeavors. Whether it was signing autographs or holding clinics for kids Catchings impacted thousands of lives throughout the 2006 season.
The Fever has consistently had players win the Community Assist Awards. Catchings has been an off-season recipient as well as a six-time winner of in-season awards. Other past winners include Niele Ivey, Nikki McCray, Kelly Schumacher, Natalie Williams and Katie Douglas. In all, Fever players have garnered WNBA Community Assist Awards on 13 occasions.
Tamika Catchings also won the inaugural Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award in 2008 for her work around Indiana and with her own Catch the Stars Foundation. The award signifies a WNBA player who is an excellent personal role model to younger children.
For more information on WNBA Community Assist Awards and the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award, visit wnba.com.
Pacers Sports & Entertainment Community Service Days
This program is meant to emphasize one of the Core Purposes of PS&E – Serving Community by organizing four days per year when we "Outreach Together" as a company. This program builds upon the work of the Community Relations Department and the Pacers Foundation. It allows employees to contribute in a real and consistent way to our community and brings the company together in a positive way to help others within our community Since its inception in 2008, the staff of PS&E has contributed to organizations that include Creston Middle School, Danville Middle School, IPS #27, Triton Central Elementary & Middle School, Gleaners Food Bank, Second Helpings, Wheeler Mission, the Julian Center, Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center and the Catch the Stars Foundation.
As part of Pacers Sports & Entertainment's Citizenship initiative, the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever provide donations to events & fundraisers for non-profit organizations. Effective Septemeber 1, 2009 requests for donations from the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever will only be accepted online. Please click here to complete the online application.
Community Ticket Blocks
Kids love going to a professional sports event. For many of our kids, at risk or not, they might never get a chance to see the Pacers or Fever in action. A night out with a chaperone and a group of friends lets them see on-court athletic achievement. And it might just turn out to be instructive about the benefits of determination and perseverance. All we know is that the kids have fun and laugh and let us into their lives for a night. And for us, that's a good start. Our Community Ticket Block Program is open to all non-profit organizations. To request complimentary tickets through this program, you must provide your Tax ID #. Each season you must resubmit an online application form. Please Click here to complete the online application form. Effective September 1, 2009 requests for Community Ticket Blocks will only be accepted online.Be YOUnique Fund of the Pacers Foundation The vision of the Indiana Fever's Be YOUnique Fund of the Pacers Foundation, Inc., ist to be recognized as a leading funding resource for programs that promote a strong self-image and encourage the development of valuable life skills among young women throughout the state of Indiana.
Scholarships & Grants
As part of Pacers Sports & Entertainment's Education Initiative, the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and the Pacers Foundation provides Scholarships, Grants, Community Partnerships and tickets to assist students and non-profit organizations in achieve their educational goals. For more information on the Pacers Foundation, visit www.pacersfoundation.org.
Larry Bird Character Award
During the 2008-09 season, the Indiana Pacers, in conjunction with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Dick's Sporting Goods unveiled the Larry Bird Character Award. This award program serves as one of the community outreach programs of the Pacers, and is determined by criteria that are representative of the qualities of NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird, including academic excellence, character, sportsmanship and community service. Nominees must be a senior in high school and a member of their boys or girls high school varsity basketball team. Anyone may nominate a senior high school varsity basketball player (male or female) that is setting the standard for academic excellence, character, sportsmanship and community service. Nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form and approved by a school administrator to be considered. The top five male and top five female finalists receive two tickets to an Indiana Pacers home game, and are recognized during a special on-court presentation. In addition, each recipient receives a commemorative photo, a $50 Dick's Sporting Goods Gift Card and a finalist plaque for their achievement. The overall winners (top male and top female) receive a Larry Bird Character Award trophy and a $1,000 scholarship from Dick's Sporting Goods to an accredited college of their choice.