INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -
The Indiana Fever teamed up with nonprofit group Get Real Inc. to encourage young girls to rise above peer pressure while keeping a positive self image.
The event, held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Called Out to be REAL, showcased well-known athletes and celebrities who struggled through their teen years to reach success.
“I recently left the industry as a lingerie model to pursue my relationship with the Lord and be more honoring to him. That's what I'm sharing today," model Kylie Bisutti said.
Bisutti said she now wants to inspire young girls after walking away from her dream job as a Victoria’s Secret model.
“I went to New York at 16 and I was thrown into a world of eating disorders, drugs , sex and alcohol,” she said.
Fever forward Tamika Catchings said she wants to be a positive role model for young girls.
"I'm all about empowering young girls and being a positive leader," Catchings said.
Former Fever player Shyra Ely-Gash said she wanted to show that despite different backgrounds, everyone has similar experiences growing up.
"I want the girls to know that everyone kind of goes through the same thing, just maybe in different ways and different capacities,” Ely-Gash said.
Katie Wolfe with Get Real Inc. said that the girls were inspired by the women’s stories.
"I want people sharing their stories but I need it from women that I see in my community. I need to hear from them the struggles that they went through and how they survived,” Wolfe said.