Celebrating their 20th season in the WNBA this summer, the Indiana Fever is scheduled for a three-month tour encompassing festivals and carnivals, basketball tournaments, community concerts, an Easter egg hunt, a farmer’s market and a parade.
The Fever’s 20 Towns for 20 Seasons tour of statewide communities launches Saturday, April 13 with an appearance at the historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown and concludes on the evening of Tuesday, June 18 when Freddy Fever marches in the Fireman’s Festival Parade in Bremen.
“This is who we are, and basketball is what we do,” said Fever President and COO Dr. Allison Barber. “Our 20th season is a terrific opportunity to highlight our great game and professional athletes.”
She continued, “We might not reach every town and county over the next three months, but we will take very seriously our commitment to Indiana communities statewide.”
Counting Indianapolis and a visit to nearby Cincinnati for a visit with hometown Fever star Kelsey Mitchell, kids, families and fans in 21 communities will engage with a variety of players, alumni players, coaches or Freddy Fever; social media opportunities, interactive games and a prize wheel. The first 20 guests at each location will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a pair of complimentary tickets to a home game during the Fever’s Anniversary Week, (or another upcoming game).
Indiana’s 2019 home schedule begins with Anniversary Week, bookended by home games on historic dates. The Fever’s home opener is June 1, the same date on which Indiana played its very first game in 2000. Indiana’s second home game is June 7, exactly 20 years after the franchise was founded.
The opening day of the tour features photo and autograph sessions with a Fever player or coach at three girls basketball events – the Hoosiers Reunion Classic all-star doubleheader (10:30 a.m.) in Knightstown; the IndyBall Shootout girls basketball tournament at Finch Creek Fieldhouse in Noblesville (2:00 p.m.); and the Gym Rats Spring Kickoff girls tournament in Ft. Wayne (11:00 a.m.).
Another photo and autograph session takes place at the Best of the Midwest girls basketball tournament at Franklin Community High School on Sunday, April 14 (11:00 a.m.). The opening week of the tour includes a visit to Bloomington on April 16 and ends at the Eggnormous Egg Hunt in Zionsville on April 20.
A schedule of the 20 Towns for 20 Seasons tour is below:
Date Time Event Town
April 13 10:30 a.m. Hoosiers Reunion Classic All-Star Doubleheader Knightstown
April 13 11:00 a.m. Gym Rats Spring Kickoff Tournament Ft. Wayne
April 13 2:00 p.m. IndyBall Shoutout Tournament Noblesville
April 14 11:00 a.m. Best of the Midwest Tournament Franklin
April 16 6:00 p.m. Health Palooza Bloomington
April 20 9:30 a.m. Eggnormous Egg Hunt Zionsville
April 26 6:00 p.m. Barnyard Bash Alexandria
April 27 10:00 a.m. U.S. Junior National qualifying tournament Westfield
** May 3 6:00 p.m. An Evening with Kelsey Mitchell Cincinnati
May 4 10:00 a.m. Girls Premier Invitational Tournament South Bend
May 11 12:00 p.m. Indy 500 Kids Day Indianapolis
May 17 6:00 p.m. Morristown Boys & Girls Club Carnival and Concert Morristown
May 18 12:00 p.m. Smoke on the Square – Bartholomew County BBQ Cook-off Columbus
May 25 6:00 p.m. Banks of the Wabash Festival Terre Haute
June 3 3:00 p.m. Lebanon Library Summer Reading Kickoff Lebanon
June 8 10:00 a.m. Morgan County Farmer’s Market Martinsville
June 8 4:00 p.m. Carver Community Center Summer Celebration Kokomo
June 14 7:00 p.m. Cool Creek Summer Concert Series Carmel
June 16 1:00 p.m. Strawberry Festival Crawfordsville
June 16 6:00 p.m. Grant County 4-H Fair Marion
June 18 6:30 p.m. Fireman’s Festival Parade Bremen
** An Evening with Kelsey Mitchell in her hometown of Cincinnati is TBD pending her return from overseas play in Turkey.