Courtney Force, Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Lauren Holtkamp & Lin Dunn Highlight Women Breaking Barriers
INDIANAPOLIS – When the Indiana Fever host Inspiring Women Night presented by Elements Financial on Wednesday night, Aug. 26, four high-achieving women in sports will take center stage prior to the Fever battling the Los Angeles Sparks.
Tipoff for the game is 7:00 p.m. A pregame reception and panel discussion with Inspiring Women Night honorees begins at 5:45 p.m. Honorees, who will also be introduced at halftime, include NHRA Funny Car racer Courtney Force, Indianapolis Colts vice chair and owner Carlie Irsay-Gordon, NBA referee Lauren Holtkamp and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Lin Dunn. Leading the pregame panel of honorees is WISH-TV sportscaster Anthony Calhoun.
Individual tickets to attend the Inspiring Women Night game and reception are $60 and a table of ten is $550. Inspiring Women Night tickets include a game ticket in Legends, with all-inclusive food and beverage and an opportunity to network with other participants. Inspiring Women Night guests receive a unique Indiana Fever gift, and for every ticket purchased, a ticket is donated to send an IPS student to a future Fever game.
Force is the winningest female Funny Car racer in NHRA history and Irsay-Gordon, the ultimate decision-maker with the NFL Colts, is in a rare breed among female NFL owners. Holtkamp is just the third woman to ref NBA games full-time and Dunn, the former Fever head coach, was coaching college basketball before most universities offered varsity programs for woman – more than two decades before the WNBA was established in 1997.
The Fever, 17-9 with eight games left in the regular season, are bidding for a WNBA-record 11th consecutive WNBA playoff berth. Currently, Indiana has won six straight games, 9 of 10, and 14 of 17 since beginning the season 3-6 under first-year head coach Stephanie White.