Making better young men in the classroom – Chris Munchel

The six-week ICE League season seemed to fly by for ICE League YMCA Boys’ Coach Chris Munchel. “It’s gone really quickly, and we’ve needed to learn quickly,” says Munchel. Three areas of focus for his team: Athletics, character and grades. “We’re working on doing the things that are making better young men in the classroom,” says Munchel of the League where students’ time playing on the court is determined by their grade point averages. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be eligible for four-quarter game play. “All of my players are four-quarter players except one,” says Munchel who adds that student athletes who are a part of the ICE League can learn a lot from the athletic experience, such as being a team and supporting teammates. “It’s relates to the real world,” says Munchel. He hopes that the brief time getting to know the student athletes he coaches will become long-time connections. “I hope when I see the kids out in the community, they will feel a bond, come up to me and say, ‘Here’s how I’m doing,’” says Munchel. “This is not just a two-month connection.”