The boys and girls of the Children’s Bureau at the Gene Glick Family Support Center thought that Wednesday evening was just going to be another normal night.
That is, until they were surprised by Indiana Fever guard Marissa Coleman courtesy of Fever sponsor, Hoosier Lottery.
The Children’s Bureau is a non-profit organization based in downtown Indianapolis that aims to work on behalf of abused and neglected children and families around the state of Indiana.
“Our mission is really twofold. We have a lot of prevention and intervention services. Overall, we aim to prevent child abuse and neglect,” Jessica Almon Communications Coordinator of Children’s Bureau said. “We also offer a lot of education services to help families, connect them to resources, and make sure that kids all over the state of Indiana grow up as happy and healthy as possible.”
The Children’s Bureau hosts a guest speaker every Wednesday night, but none with quite the star-power that Coleman brings.
Coleman talked to the kids about a wide variety of topics, including the importance of chasing their dreams and getting an education.
“Knowing that some of those kids come from tough circumstances or don’t have families at all, to be able to come and do this and laugh and joke with them and give them some insight on some things, it was a lot of fun,” Coleman said on her experience talking to the kids.
Coleman also talked about the importance of professional athletes, like herself, coming out and speaking to kids in the community.
“For kids to see us in the flesh and see that we are real people and hear our stories, because a lot them are similar to what they are going through, it can hopefully motivate them and get them out of any situation that they are in.”
Almon can already see how much Coleman’s visit impacted the kids.
“I know they are all really excited to go to the games now. I think they have a new favorite player, a new MVP to cheer for.”
The kids will got their first chance to see their new MVP on Thursday, when the Fever took down the Atlanta Dream at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.