Fever Visit The White House
June 14, 2013
The Fever were invited by President Barack Obama to the White House to celebrate their championship and recognize their contribution to the community. During the 10-minute presentation ceremony, President Obama praised the Fever's team-first ethic to overcome a rash of late-season injuries and go on to win their first WNBA Championship.
"We saw [Midwestern values] in the Indiana Fever, which is, you look out for your teammates." The President said. "You kept fighting, no matter what gets thrown at you. As Coach Dunn put it: 'We're all blue collar. We work hard on defense. We rebound. We're tough.'"
"And that toughness," the President continued, "got this team through a season with more than its fair share of injuries. Nevertheless, whenever one player went down, another stepped up. ... And all of you then brought home Indiana’s first professional basketball title since 1973."
The President then thanked the Fever for their charitable efforts in the community. "And I want to thank the entire Indiana Fever for giving back to their communities -- not just being role models, but also taking time out off the court. Tamika has her own foundation, Catch the Stars, and she’s helped the First Lady, Michelle, with the Let’s Move program to encourage kids to eat healthy and exercise. Players on the Fever have received a combined 13 WNBA Community Assist Awards for countless hours they spend volunteering. They visit local school kids as part of the Read to Achieve Program. They’ve teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for folks in Indianapolis. And right after this, they’re going to run a basketball clinic on the South Lawn for young people here in D.C."
Before moving on to the basketball clinic, Fever Head Coach Lin Dunn presented the President with a Fever-branded hat, personalized jersey, and autographed basketball.