The Deep Impact of a Fever Championship
When Coach Lin Dunn and her Indiana Fever players hoisted up the franchise’s first WNBA championship trophy last fall, hundreds of thousands of people witnessed the historic moment. Many of those people were children. And many of those children were girls who saw just how far they could go as women in sports, particularly basketball.
Walt Raines thinks that the Fever championship run speaks volumes about the importance of women’s athletics. “I think it opened many eyes to how good these athletes were,” Raines says. “Many people had the illusion that they were winning because they were playing another group of women. The reality is they are just great athletes and people.”
Raines is the director of the Indy Girls Hoops League, which gives girls age 8 to 14 the opportunity to learn and play basketball under the tutelage of high school coaches.