Indiana Fever and Community Health Network Present Choices for Champions

— Community Health Network presents Choices for Champions will take place prior to May 2 Preseason Game at Indiana Farmers Coliseum

INDIANAPOLIS — In conjunction with Community Health Network, the Indiana Fever will host their annual Choices for Champions educational program on Tuesday, May 2, from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m., prior to a preseason game against the Washington Mystics at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

Tipoff between the Fever and Mystics is at noon. The Fever’s preseason game returns to Indiana Farmers Coliseum where the Fever hosted the Mystics in 2015, also. The afternoon preseason date at Indiana Farmers Coliseum allows schools a better chance to participate in this annual event.

Students ranging from 4th to 8th grade will participate in an educational opportunity centered on anti-bullying and healthy lifestyle choices, both inside and outside of the classroom. The goal of the program is to empower youth, help build self-confidence to approach life’s everyday challenges, and find ways to look at daily circumstances with a positive outlook.

Highlighting the pregame event is an appearance from retired mixed martial arts boxer and former UFC champion Chris “Lights Out” Lyttle, who has released a book entitled “Lights Out on Bullying.” Lyttle, a 16-year member of the Indianapolis Fire Department, travels nationwide as a motivational speaker to schools, foundations and troops speaking on strength, discipline and resilience. Since becoming a father of a child with autism, he speaks regularly to schools and workplaces about the importance of acceptance and compassion to combat bullying.

Behavioral Health representatives from Community Health Network will be on hand talk to students about maintaining good mental health and suicide prevention and awareness. Additionally, counselors from Community will be available for discussions and private conversations with attendees.

Anti-bullying messages will also be 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.

Law enforcement officials have annually participated, and Fever players will discuss personal stories and lifestyle choices that have led them through college and into the WNBA. Schools are encouraged to prepare for the educational program by conducting a “No Name-Calling Week,” wear Fever colors and create anti-bullying posters for hallways and classrooms.

A group admission rate for school and student groups is $8, while supplies last. Students and groups are welcomed to bring sack lunches. Individual tickets for general admission seating are $10. For tickets and further details on this event, click here or call (317) 917-2528.