Anti-Bullying, Health and Fitness Emphasized at Annual Choices for Champions Event Staff | May 7, 2014

Before the Indiana Fever's first game in 2014, the organization hosted hundreds of children from local Indianapolis schools at the Fever's annual Choices for Champions program. Prior to the Fever's preseason game against the Washington Mystics on May 6, children filled the lower sections at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for an educational and fun-filled day including interactive presentations and activities.

Fever players Layshia Clarendon, Marissa Coleman, and Haiden Palmer headlined the program. This year's theme was "Team Up to Defeat Bullying," and the three players participated in a sketch about bullying with the kids, then shared their own personal experiences with bullying and discussed why it is important to be inclusive and accepting of all people.

"I would just encourage people to if you see someone getting bullied to stand up and say something," Clarendon told the students in attendance. "...We should all stand up and help somebody (being bullied) because we've all been new to a school, we've all been new to a team once, we've all had some kind of experienced where we've been scared or nervous."

The anti-bullying program was presented by Camishe Nunley, owner of the Healing Your Hidden Hurts agency.

In addition to the anti-bullying program, the program also emphasized the importance of health and fitness. The players talked about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, and students were selected to participate in interactive fitness challenges on the court.

There was also plenty of time for fun, as those in attendance were treated to a dunk show by Pacers mascot Boomer and got to enjoy face painters, balloon artists, arts and crafts, and of course, the first Fever game of the 2014 season.