— Educational Program Takes Aim at Bullying, Self-Esteem Issues Among Youth
— Two-Game Preseason Schedule Leads to May 19 Season Opener
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Fever host their annual Choices for Champions educational program on Monday, May 7, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., prior to a preseason game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Chicago Sky.
Tipoff between the Fever and Sky is at 12:30 p.m. The afternoon preseason date 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.
An anti-bullying message will 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 delivers information on ways to create an atmosphere in which bullying is not permitted. Among other anti-bullying activities on the concourse between the program and tipoff, Nunley also provides on-site counseling assistance should any student need help with a current situation in their life.
Other speakers include Fever players who discuss personal stories and lifestyle choices that have led them through college and into the WNBA; law enforcement officials have annually participated in Choices for Champions; and representatives from Playworks Indiana joins the speaker lineup in 2018.
Playworks Indiana is a local agency that helps kids to 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. Playworks Indiana will also have activities on the concourse between the program and tipoff to keep students active and engaged. Other activities are planned to give an active and educational experience during lunch time.
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. Students and groups are welcomed to bring sack lunches. Individual tickets begin at $13 for general admission seating. For tickets and further details on this event, call (317) 917-2528.
The Fever will participate in a second preseason game, May 12 against the Washington Mystics, at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center (7:00 p.m.). Indiana opens their 19th WNBA season when the Fever hosts Chicago again for Youth Sports Day delivered by Papa Joh’’s on Saturday afternoon, May 19, at 1:00 p.m.
Entering their 19th WNBA season, the Indiana Fever hold the WNBA’s No. 2 overall draft pick for the first time since 2005, with hopes of beginning another playoff streak. Indiana opens the 2018 season with Youth Sports Day delivered by Papa John’s on May 19 (1:00 p.m.) against the Chicago Sky. A WNBA playoff participant in a league-record 12 straight seasons (2005-16) and 13 times since 2002, the Fever have reached at least the conference finals eight times in the past 13 years — including WNBA Finals appearances in 2009 and 2015, and a WNBA championship in 2012. All final ticket prices include 10 percent Marion County admissions tax. For single-game ticket information or 2018 season ticket information, call (317) 917-2528.