Choices for Champions Educational Program Tips off Fever Preseason Game on Thursday
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Fever host their annual Choices for Champions educational program on Thursday, May 16, from 9:45 to 11:00 a.m., prior to a preseason game against the Chicago Sky at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tipoff between the Fever and Sky is at noon.
Nearly 2,000 students ranging from 4th to 8th grade will participate in an educational opportunity centered on anti-bullying and healthy lifestyle choices. The goal of the program is to empower youth, help build self-confidence around everyday challenges and find ways to maintain a positive outlook.
Comprised largely of students from Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) since the program's inception in 2010, the annual educational program will welcome teenagers from 15 different schools next Thursday.
"Choices for Champions is a high-impact, high-energy event that has helped our students understand what it means to live a healthy lifestyle and make positive choices while engaging with their Fever role models," said Interim IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson. "Our students always walk away from this event with a new mindset on bullying and our schools have seen the benefits in their school culture."
The event tips off with anti-bullying messages presented by Camishe Nunley, owner of the Healing Your Hidden Hurts agency dedicated to trauma survivors. Its "Building Resiliency In Children" anti-bullying program will deliver information on ways to create an atmosphere where bullying is not permitted.
Fever coach Pokey Chatman and star forward Natalie Achonwa will lead a panel to discuss body image and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, followed by a presentation from Video Game Palooza, a non-profit 501c3 foundation dedicated to tapping into students' natural passion for playing and making video games. Their Create & Play sector runs camps during the summer teaching youth how to create graphics, video games and code.
The event is capped by a presentation from Playworks Indiana, a national nonprofit that helps kids stay active and build social and emotional skills through play. Playworks will discuss the importance of play in a student's daily activity and unique, effective ways for conflict resolution.
Every student receives a WNBA playbook entitled, "Her Time to Play," featuring players from every WNBA team addressing a variety of personal and social issues. After the event and throughout the game, concourse activities include displays with Playworks Indiana, Video Game Palooza and the Girl Scouts. Before the game and at halftime, students are also encouraged to have fun in the Fever's Family Fun Zone presented by Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent.
Students and groups are welcomed to bring sack lunches. Individual tickets for general admission seating are $13. For tickets and further details on this event, visit FeverBasketball.com or call (317) 917-2528.
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