More than 1,500 students from across Indianapolis traveled to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday morning to attend the Indiana Fever’s Choices for Champions event presented by Community Health Network.
The annual event encourages 4th to 8th grade students to make positive and healthy life choices, with an emphasis on putting an end to bullying.
This year’s Choices for Champions program was hosted by local rapper Katie Karma, the founder of the non-profit group Kool Kid Nation, for which she uses her musical abilities to empower youth through anti-bullying and self-esteem based messages.
Katie Karma said she wanted the students to leave with one message: “Taking everything that you have and just being you. Going after everything that you want, following your journey and knowing everything will end up being ok. Just follow your dreams at all times.”
Speakers also included Community Health Network’s Chief Executive Director for Behavioral Health, Kim Walton; Healing Your Hidden Hurts’ Camishe Nunley; Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Public Information Officer, Kendale Adams; Indiana Fever head coach Stephanie White; and Fever players Briann January, Erlana Larkins and Tiffany Mitchell.
“We’re here with some of the Fever players really just talking to the kids about healthy lifestyles and how important it is to treat one another with respect, and understanding that everybody comes from different backgrounds,” said White. “[We’re] really just being an inspiration and a sounding board and answering any questions that they may have.”
The event also included fun and exciting performances by Indianapolis’ ComedySportz and Indiana Pacers mascot, Boomer.
The Fever truly believes this event encourages and teaches students to make champion choices, both inside and outside of the classroom.