ICE League Draft Day Kicks Off on Saturday

Ice League girls huddle. Photo provided.Ice League girls huddle. Photo provided.

Muncie, IN—The 2017 season of Project Leadership’s ICE League will officially get underway Saturday February 4th with a Draft Day for middle school athletes at Muncie Central High School. The Inner City Educational (ICE) League, in its third season, is an innovative initiative that motivates participants to be strong student athletes as they move toward high school and post-secondary educations. The ICE League ties in closely with Project Leadership’s mission to assist local students to and through college. Project Leadership programming, which includes 21st Century Scholar enrollment, places an emphasis on strong student GPA performance.

Project Leadership’s ICE League sets the grade-point-average bar at 2.5 and higher for students who wish to fully participate in the basketball League for 7th- and 8th-grade boys and girls in Muncie Community Schools and Burris Laboratory School. Last year, the ICE League had 112 student athletes, 14 coaches and 12 teams representing four non-profit youth centers.

On Draft Day, the four core ICE League non-profit member organizations — Boys and Girls Club of Muncie, the Buley Center, Ross Cen-ter and YMCA of Muncie — will select players for their teams.

A partnership with participating schools and permission by students’ parents allows the ICE League to monitor student GPA eligibility before the February draft and progress during the expanded 9-week playing season. Students with a:

 2.5 or higher GPA are eligible to play all 4 quarters of each game.

 2.3 to 2.49 GPA are eligible to play 2 quarters of each game.

 2.0 to 2.29 GPA are eligible to play 1 quarter of each game.

All players in the ICE League are able to participate in the League at no cost to them or their families because of funding provided by community partners in Muncie.

Students who are not registered prior to Saturday’s Draft Day may still participate by registering the day of the event at Muncie Central High School.

For more information about the ICE League, call 896-8616 or visit