Read to Achieve and WNBA Fit Tipoff Event

May 15, 2008
The Indiana Fever reached out to Indianapolis schools today through its Read to Achieve and WNBA Fit Tipoff Event at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Fever players Allison Feaster, Kasha Terry and Laine Selwyn were joined by play-by-play announcer Chris Denari to read to children, while assistant coach Jim Lewis teamed with players Tan White and Khadijah Whittington to lead a fitness clinic. Mascot Freddy Fever was also there to entertain the students.

Third grade students from Indianapolis Public Schools 19, 43, 46, 67, 94, 109 and 114 either rotated around different stations in the museum to learn from players reading short stories and asking questions about their WNBA careers, or went through basic basketball drills under the instruction of Lewis.

The event, which was part of WNBA Cares Week, emphasized the importance of getting an education and leading a healthy lifestyle.

“What’s more important; your mind or your body? It’s your mind because that’s what controls your body,” Lewis said while leading students through warm-up exercises.

As Feaster signed autographs and discussed playing in the WNBA a few students began chanting, “This is awesome,” over and over.

Terry told the entire group of students how an education can take someone to wherever they want to go while Feaster reminded them that teaching is the most important profession.

After Whittington asked the students which of them wanted to be professional athletes and nearly everyone raised their hand, Denari added, “It’s not just being a professional athlete, but it’s having your college degree so you can do whatever you want.”