For many years the Boys & Girls Club has been known, all over the state, for hosting and participating in basketball leagues. In recent years the Club has also taken a leading role in focusing on academic success for kids after school. We are excited to combine our efforts and join Project Leadership, Ball Brothers Foundation and other local community centers in launching the ICE League this spring. The ICE League is launching its first season. The newly created basketball league, for 7th- and 8th grade boys in Muncie Community Schools, is designed to motivate players to be strong students, as well as athletes, as they move toward secondary and post-secondary educations. Players who want to fully participate must have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Interested students will take part in a draft in just a few weeks, with practices and games in February/March.
Here’s how it works:
DRAFT: There will be a draft event on February 7th at Muncie Central High school for students enrolled in Muncie Community Schools in 7th and 8th grades. Students are expected to have at least a 2.5 GPA to fully participate. Students will be drafted by one of four teams: YMCA, Ross Center, Buley Center and, of course, the Boys & Girls Club. PRACTICE: Each team will be allotted a certain number of team practices before league play. GAMES & TOURNAMENTS: Games will take place over a three-week period leading up to a tournament in Mid-March. Each student participant will receive exclusive league gear and have opportunity to earn scholarships and awards that have been pre-approved by the IHSAA and NCAA regulations. CLICK HERE FOR LEAGUE SCHEDULE The Boys & Girls Club is excited about participating in this league for several reasons…
- We are pleased to join a league that sets high standards for academic achievement. While there are many worthwhile leagues offering many opportunities for exposure of skills and abilities, few actually focus on academics. While a 2.5 GPA may seem high compared to school athletic standards, it is very low compared to MINIMUM ACCEPTANCE STANDARDS for even local state colleges. We have a responsibility and opportunity to expect more from our students AND help them to reach those standards through support, expectations, and recognition.
- We also believe through the launch of this premier league, we will be able to expand the league from just boys basketball to include girls and eventually other sports. Again, with the focus and standard on academics, we believe we are setting out students up for success.
- Finally, we believe partnerships like this helps build a stronger community and united message to our young people. None of us alone can serve the needs of all people. United, however, we can address larger and systemic issues in our community.
For more information about the league, click here.
Stop by, email or call to discuss the league with Antonio or I. Along with our staff, members of the board and ICE League coordinators, we have discussed the opportunities and challenges of the league. Please let us know your ideas, thoughts or concerns.
We look forward to seeing you all at the Draft on February 7th!
For Impact, Micah Maxwell Executive Director
ICE LEAGUE REGISTRATION