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Indiana Fever President Allison Barber wanted to find a way to continue the work her team and the rest of the WNBA did last summer in the fight for social justice.
A multiyear partnership with Anthem Inc. that was announced Tuesday will go a long way toward helping with that goal.
“Our players want to not only fight for good and for families and mental health and social justice,” Barber said. “They don’t want to just do it now, but for the rest of their life.”
Part of the partnership is a pilot program the Fever are doing with the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. Barber spoke with LaKoya Rochell, director of programs at the school, and they came up with Athlete to Advocate.
“We started talking to our core players in December when it was developed,” Barber said. “We wanted to work with them on the timelines. Some of our players are overseas, so we worked on finding times that worked for them.
”As part of the five-week online course at IUPUI that was funded by Anthem, members of the Fever, including general manager Tamika Catchings, will learn […]